Edith Wharton : an extraordinary life / by Eleanor Dwight.

by Dwight, EleanorLooking glass.

Publisher: New York : Abrams, 1994.Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0810939711.Subject(s): Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937Looking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 290-291. Index. Acquisitions details:
Item type Home library Collection Class number Status Date due Barcode Item reservations
Reference Archives & Special Collections Centre
John Schlesinger Collection
Archive materials 813 DWI (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Archives use only 54033897
Total reservations: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American novelist and short story writer, as well as a contributor to interior design and landscaping.

Bibliography: pages 290-291. Index.


Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Unlike other recent biographies that focus either on the literature (Shari Benstock, No Gifts from Chance, LJ 6/15/94) or on Wharton's social contexts (Susan Goodman, Edith Wharton's Inner Circle, LJ 5/15/94), Dwight's work demonstrates the centrality of architecture, travel, and gardening to Wharton's life and work. The chapters are organized around Wharton's many travels and explore the development of Wharton's aestheticism as she encounters a variety of artistic styles and theories. The greatest strength of the book is the lavish illustrations, which show clearly that Wharton was an architect of space as much as an architect of character. Indeed, after Dwight's biography one can never again read The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth without inhabiting the grand spaces that Wharton describes. A fine complement to the works of Benstock and Goodman. Highly recommended.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

This profusely illustrated biography of Wharton (1862-1937) concentrates on the American writer as a continental traveler whose aesthetic appreciation of architecture and interior design found expression in the homes she maintained. Although she was best known for novels portraying upper-class society ( House of Mirth , 1905), Wharton also wrote about home decoration ( Italian Villas and Their Gardens , 1904). Dwight, a freelance writer and lecturer, skillfully details, with accompanying illustrations, Wharton's acute visual sense with which she designed the rooms and gardens of her homes in the U.S. and Europe. In this adequate account of Wharton's life, the author covers her divorce and her love affair with Morton Fullerton, as well as her friendships with writer Henry James and art critic Bernard Berenson. Also documented is the well-organized war relief for WW I refugees that Wharton established in Paris. Photos. Reader's Subscription Book Service alternate. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved