Edith Wharton (Vintage)

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From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters.

Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton-tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction. Born into a wealthy family, Wharton left America as an adult and eventually chose to create a life in France. Her renowned novels and stories have become classics of American literature, but as Lee shows, Wharton's own life, filled with success and scandal, was as intriguing as those of her heroines. Bridging two centuries and two very different sensibilities, Wharton here comes to life in the skillful hands of one of the great literary biographers of our time.

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" Lively . . . Insightful . . . Thorough and intelligent . . .This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time . . . One can at last grasp the full range of Wharton' s writing and the full power of her energy."
- Diane Johnson, "Washington Post Book World"
" A splendid biography, extremely rich in social and historical detail, a telling picture of the many years Wharton' s life spanned . . . Biography is usually the revenge of little people on big people . . .but Lee is subtle and big-hearted enough to understand her subject . . . Lee never reduces Wharton' s books to veiled autobiography, just as she is never reluctant to interpret them in the light of Wharton' s life . . . A sophisticated, finely written portrait . . . Edith Wharton would have been horrified by the ' indiscretions' in this biography, but it is the balanced, richly detailed, and researched portrait she deserves."
- Edmund White, "The New York Review of Books"
" A rich tapestry. There is so much here . . . "Edith Wharton" shimmers with details about a vanished world, and Lee . . . brings it to vivid life."
- Jacqueline Blais, "USA Today"
" A remarkable feat . . . Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as Lee."
- Claire Messud, "New York Times Book Review"
" Magnificent . . . Unsurpassable in scope and surely in sensitivity . . . Filled to bursting with the friends, travels, projects and writings that engaged Wharton' s attention and energies."
- Linda Simon, "Newsday"
" Groundbreaking . . . Asophisticated, persuasive, powerfully intelligent masterwork."
- Lisa Shea, "Elle"
" Enables readers to feel they have known Mrs. W. all their lives."
- Barbara Amiel, "Wall Street Journal"
" Stunning . . . Rich . . . Wonderfully humanizing."
- Megan O' Grady, "Vogue"
" Rich . . . Fine . . . Much more than a literary study."
- Bruce Allen, "The Washington Times"
" Elegant . . . not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years."
- Greg Johnson, "Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
" A fascinating portrait of a brilliant writer."
- "The Economist"
" Absorbing . . . An exemplary biography . . . Sure to be the standard work on Wharton for years to come."
- "Kirkus"
" A major achievement . . . In no other biography is there a more perceptive analysis of how Wharton' s life was reflected in her work."
- "Publishers Weekly"
" Tremendous . . . Enlightening . . . Rises to landmark status . . . The formidable Mrs. Wharton is given great humanity here."
- "Booklist"
" The fullest biography of Wharton to date . . . Superb in using the fiction as a way to read the life, defining their relation in a way that is at once seamless but never simplified . . . Lee' s portraiture at its best seems Proustian."
- Michael Gorra, "Times Literary Supplement" (London)
" Monumentally conceived and impressively executed . . . Lee is out to understand Wharton, not to vilify or sanctify her .. . She is a discriminating and generous critic who offers full, fresh and incisive discussions of all the novels and scores of the short stories."
- Elaine Showalter, "The Guardian "(London)
" Epic and definitive . . . Lee is a confident and vivid critic."
- Jane Shilling, "The Times" (London)
" This is a glorious biography . . . The time is ripe for a new biography of Edith Wharton of this intimacy and on this scale . . . Lee the biographer pursues her subject down every winding corridor, into every hidden passage and dark corner . . . Her critical exploration of Edith Wharton' s work is dazzlingly assured . . . A feat of exhaustive research, and finely tuned to Wharton' s creative achievement at the same time . . . [Wharton] could scarcely have failed to be impressed by . . . its artistic sympathy, its sonorous depths, and its soaring conception."
- Mark Bostridge, "The Independent" on Sunday (London)
" Excellent . . . Particularly masterful in her discussion of Wharton' s fiction . . . A magnificent and subtle biography of a magnificent and subtle writer."
- Caroline Moore, "Sunday Telegraph" (London)
" Lee' s subtle and painstaking ability to illuminate the work with the life, and to make the life itself so interesting makes this a superb biography."
- Colm To ibi n, "The Irish Times"

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"A remarkable feat. . . . Unquestionably authoritative, impressively exhaustive....Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as [Hermione] Lee." --Claire Messud, "The New York Times Book Review""Magnificent. . . . By far the most comprehensive study of [Wharton's] full, populous and robust life. . . . Wharton lived a spirited and passionate life, and Lee captures that passion." --"Newsday""Thorough and intelligent. . . . This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time." --Diane Johnson, "The Washington Post Book World""Richly detailed, carefully nuanced. . . . "Edith Wharton" is not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

"A remarkable feat. . . . Unquestionably authoritative, impressively exhaustive....Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as [Hermione] Lee." --Claire Messud, "The New York Times Book Review
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"Magnificent. . . . By far the most comprehensive study of [Wharton's] full, populous and robust life. . . . Wharton lived a spirited and passionate life, and Lee captures that passion." --"Newsday"
"Thorough and intelligent. . . . This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time." --Diane Johnson, "The Washington Post Book World"
"Richly detailed, carefully nuanced. . . . "Edith Wharton" is not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

A remarkable feat. . . . Unquestionably authoritative, impressively exhaustive....Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as [Hermione] Lee. Claire Messud, "The New York Times Book Review
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Magnificent. . . . By far the most comprehensive study of [Wharton's] full, populous and robust life. . . . Wharton lived a spirited and passionate life, and Lee captures that passion. "Newsday"
Thorough and intelligent. . . . This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time. Diane Johnson, "The Washington Post Book World"
Richly detailed, carefully nuanced. . . . "Edith Wharton" is not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
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A remarkable feat. . . . Unquestionably authoritative, impressively exhaustive....Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as [Hermione] Lee. Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review

Magnificent. . . . By far the most comprehensive study of [Wharton's] full, populous and robust life. . . . Wharton lived a spirited and passionate life, and Lee captures that passion. Newsday
Thorough and intelligent. . . . This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time. Diane Johnson, The Washington Post Book World
Richly detailed, carefully nuanced. . . . Edith Wharton is not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"A remarkable feat. . . . Unquestionably authoritative, impressively exhaustive....Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as [Hermione] Lee." --Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review

"Magnificent. . . . By far the most comprehensive study of [Wharton's] full, populous and robust life. . . . Wharton lived a spirited and passionate life, and Lee captures that passion." --Newsday

"Thorough and intelligent. . . . This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time." --Diane Johnson, The Washington Post Book World

"Richly detailed, carefully nuanced. . . . Edith Wharton is not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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A rich and powerful new life of a great novelist. The first biography by a British woman writer, it overturns the accepted view, displaying her as a tough, erotically brave, startlingly modern writer. Much more than the biography of Wharton for our generation - it is a touchstone in the art of the biographer, a must for everyone who cares about the period

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