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Edith Wharton (1862–1937)

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Edith Wharton was a woman of extreme contrasts; brought up to be a leisured aristocrat, she was also dedicated to her career as a writer. She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as mostra altro well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories. Her marriage at age 23 to Edward ("Teddy") Wharton seemed to confirm her place in the conventional role of wealthy society woman, but she became increasingly dissatisfied with the "mundanities" of her marriage and turned to writing, which drew her into an intellectual community and strengthened her sense of self. After publishing two collections of short stories, The Greater Inclination (1899) and Crucial Instances (1901), she wrote her first novel, The Valley of Decision (1902), a long, historical romance set in eighteenth-century Italy. Her next work, the immensely popular The House of Mirth (1905), was a scathing criticism of her own "frivolous" New York society and its capacity to destroy her heroine, the beautiful Lily Bart. As Wharton became more established as a successful writer, Teddy's mental health declined and their marriage deteriorated. In 1907 she left America altogether and settled in Paris, where she wrote some of her most memorable stories of harsh New England rural life---Ethan Frome (1911) and Summer (1917)---as well as The Reef (1912), which is set in France. All describe characters forced to make moral choices in which the rights of individuals are pitted against their responsibilities to others. She also completed her most biting satire, The Custom of the Country (1913), the story of Undine Spragg's climb, marriage by marriage, from a midwestern town to New York to a French chateau. During World War I, Wharton dedicated herself to the war effort and was honored by the French government for her work with Belgian refugees. After the war, the world Wharton had known was gone. Even her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Age of Innocence (1920), a story set in old New York, could not recapture the former time. Although the new age welcomed her---Wharton was both a critical and popular success, honored by Yale University and elected to The National Institute of Arts and Letters---her later novels show her struggling to come to terms with a new era. In The Writing of Fiction (1925), Wharton acknowledged her debt to her friend Henry James, whose writings share with hers the descriptions of fine distinctions within a social class and the individual's burdens of making proper moral decisions. R.W.B. Lewis's biography of Wharton, published in 1975, along with a wealth of new biographical material, inspired an extensive reevaluation of Wharton. Feminist readings and reactions to them have focused renewed attention on her as a woman and as an artist. Although many of her books have recently been reprinted, there is still no complete collected edition of her work. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

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Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Wharton, Edith
Nome legale
Edith Newbold Jones
Data di nascita
1862-01-24
Data di morte
1937-08-11
Luogo di sepoltura
Cimetière des Gonards, Versailles, France
Sesso
female
Nazionalità
USA
Luogo di nascita
New York, New York, USA
Luogo di morte
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, Val-d'Oise, France
Causa della morte
stroke
Luogo di residenza
New York, New York, USA
Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Paris, France
Hyères, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, Val-d'Oise, France
Istruzione
at home
Attività lavorative
novelist
short story writer
travel writer
landscape architect
designer
Relazioni
Clark, Colin (godson)
Farrand, Beatrix (niece)
Fullerton, William Morton (lover)
Wharton, Edward Robbins (ex-husband)
Premi e riconoscimenti
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (1916)
nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature (1927, 1928, 1930)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature | 1926)
Pulitzer Prize in Literature (1921)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1996)
Breve biografia
Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones to a wealthy New York family. She spent her early childhood in Europe, where she developed a gift for languages and a deep appreciation for art, architecture and literature.

She was educated by governesses and by her own reading, and began writing at any early age. Verses, her first volume of poems, was published privately when she was 16. In 1885, she married Edward "Teddy" Wharton, 12 years her senior. In 1897, with Ogden Codman, Jr., an architect friend, she published her first major book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). A few years later, she bought 113-acres in Lenox, Massachusetts, then designed and built The Mount, a country home to meet her needs as a designer, gardener, hostess, and writer. During the next 10 years at The Mount, she wrote some of her greatest works, including The House of Mirth (1905) and Ethan Frome (1911). After a divorce from Teddy Wharton in 1913, she moved permanently to France. During World War I, she did social reform and humanitarian work, including establishing schools for refugee children, for which she received the Legion of Honor.

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Recensioni

Sono pienamente d'accordo con quanto scritto qui da Lilirose. Aggiungo di mio che la 'candida' May è in realtà più smaliziata di quanto sembra ed è, in sostanza, la più furba dei tre: è lei che tiene in pugno la situazione e che riesce a volgerla nel senso da lei desiderato. Benché apparantemente insignificante e sottomessa è, di fatto, un'abile manipolatrice ed è lei che alla fine ottiene ciò che vuole.
Aggiungo anche che durante la lettura mi è tornato spesso in mente Henry James, ma E. Wharton non ha nè la caratura nè la felicità espressiva di H. James. Il contesto sociale è comunque delineato in maniera impeccabile.
La lettura di questo romanzo è stata lunga e a tratti faticosa e solo verso la fine il racconto si è fatto più accattivante, quando le manovre silenti e sotterranee di May conducono la storia al suo esito finale.
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Marghe48 | 301 altre recensioni | Sep 24, 2020 |
"Ciò che ho fatto sarebbe stato crudele se fossi stata una donna più giovane, ma, così come stanno le cose, l'esperimento farà del male solo a me stessa. E me ne farà tantissimo (...) perché mi ha rivelato, per la prima volta, tutto ciò che non ho avuto..."
 
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ShanaPat | Jun 29, 2020 |
Facendo un'estrema sintesi della trama, questo romanzo ci racconta di un amore proibito nella New York altolocata della seconda metà dell'ottocento; ma a rimanere impressa non è certo la love story, prevedibile e fin troppo sentimentale, quanto il vivido ritratto di una società perbenista chiusa nel suo mondo fatto di convenzioni e regole non scritte. Erano tempi semplici, in cui né la decadenza della vecchia europa né le contaminazioni del mondo moderno avevano ancora raggiunto l'Upper East Side: "l'età dell'innocenza", appunto, in cui di fronte alle brutture della vita si preferiva guardare da un'altra parte e le apparenze si sostituivano alla realtà. I tre protagonisti rappresentano le tre diverse anime di quel mondo in crescita. La candida May è l'incarnazione dei valori borghesi, ancorata al passato e incapace di guardare oltre. La contessa Olenska è la donna "diversa", che porta una ventata di cambiamento che nessuno è ancora pronto a cogliere. Fra le due si colloca Newland, costantemente lacerato fra vecchio e nuovo, fra decoro e passione.
Devo ammettere che le mie aspettative su quest'opera erano più alte: invece è un buon romanzo, che offre un riuscitissimo affresco d'ambiente scritto in uno stile impeccabile, ma che pur senza difetti evidenti non spicca sotto nessun aspetto.
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Lilirose_ | 301 altre recensioni | May 19, 2017 |
Bei racconti, alcuni bellissimi. Uno stile che può ormai dirsi classico, con personaggi moderni, mondani sì, ma con grandi capacità introspettive. Le donne dei suoi racconti hanno personalità, autonomia, e lasciano sempre gli uomini in secondo piano, figure più sbiadite e scialbe. Straordinario l'ultimo racconto (Autres temps...), con il finale beffardo nei confronti del personaggio maschile, e direi anche nei confronti del lettore che, se uomo, finisce coll'immedesimersi in Franklin Ide.
 
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mapaolo | 14 altre recensioni | Jan 24, 2014 |

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Greti Ducci Translator
Gela Pez Translator
E H Van Deusen Contributor
C M Hébert Narrator
L. Augelini Translator
Anita Shreve Foreword
Joni Jacobs Cover designer
Scott Marshall Contributor
Henry Varnum Poor Illustrator
Emily Hutchinson Abridged edition by
Robin Peel Editor
Xavier Pàmies Translator
Charles Ziga Designer
William Hope Narrator
Pierre Leyris Traduction
Jennifer Basset Series Editor
Doris Grumbach Introduction
James McConnell Illustrator
Lev Raphael Contributor
Bernard DeVoto Introduction
Bernard De Voto Introduction
Charlotte Gerlings Introduction
Judith Fryer Contributor
Mary Flanagan Introduction
Paul E. Kennedy Cover designer
Scott Brick Narrator
Bruce Rogers Designer
Richard Thomas Translator
Susanna Moore Afterword
Tiziana Lo Porto Translator
Jeffrey Brown Illustrator
Adam Sims Narrator
Vito Amoruso Introduction
Pamela Knights Introduction
Claudia Wenner Translator
Jim Killavey Narrator
Ángela Pérez Translator
Lucio Angelini Translator
Alfred Kazin Afterword
Terje Kuusik Toimetaja.
Lionel Trilling Contributor
Elisabetta Rasy Introduction
Carroll D. Wright Contributor
Linda Wagner-Martin Introduction, Editor
Grace Conlin Narrator
A. Stevens Cover artist
Maggie Wadey Screenplay
Roxana Robinson Editor, Introduction
Joss Barratt Cover artist
Janet Beer Goodwyn Introduction
Mary Gordon Introduction
Penelope Farmer Introduction
Gustaf Ankarcrona Cover artist
Edwin Björkman Afterword
Geoffrey Walton Afterword
Elizabeth Strout Introduction
Seth Illustrator
Maxfield Parrish Illustrator
Yolanda Morató Introduction
Pilar Adón Translator
E. C. Peixotto Illustrator
Mari Devon Narrator

Statistiche

Opere
319
Opere correlate
185
Utenti
56,422
Popolarità
#259
Voto
3.9
Recensioni
1,294
ISBN
3,498
Lingue
31
Preferito da
364

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