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Edith Wharton : Traveller in the Land of Letters - Janet Goodwyn

Edith Wharton

Traveller in the Land of Letters

Hardcover Published: 11th December 1989
ISBN: 9780333464298
Number Of Pages: 171

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'...in this study, Goodwyn sets the standard for Wharton criticism.' - Judith E. Funston, American Literature 'Janet Goodwyn sets out, by looking at Wharton's appropriation of different cultures, to nail the 'canard' that she was 'but a pale imitator of Henry James' - Hermione Lee, Times Literary Supplement `The Land of Letters was henceforth to be my country and I gloried in my new citizenship'. So Edith Wharton described her elation upon the publication of her first collection of short stories; her nationality was henceforth `writer' and as such she moved with ease between landscapes, between cultures and between genres in the telling of her tales. In this acclaimed study of Wharton's work, the discussion is shaped by her use of specific landscapes and her consistent concern with ideas of place: the American's place in the Western world, the woman's place in her own and in European society, and the author's place in the larger life of a culture. Her landscapes, both actual and metaphorical, give structure and point to the individual texts and to the whole body of her work.

Acknowledgements - Preface to the 1995 reissue - Introduction - The Valley of Decision - The Customs of the Country: France - Fighting France - Inside the House of Mirth - The Writing of American Fiction - 'Literature' or the Various Forms of Autobiography - The Age of Innocence - Conclusion - Endnotes - Select Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333464298
ISBN-10: 033346429X
Series: Traveller in the Land of Letters
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 171
Published: 11th December 1989
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 15