But just beneath the surface, she was deeply insecure, especially about her writing abilities. Wharton described how she overcame her obstacles with a great deal of humility. The following passages are from her memoir, A Backward Glance, It was not thought necessary to feed my literary ambitions with foolscap, and for lack of paper I was driven to begging for the wrappings of the parcels delivered at the house.
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As much as I appreciate her novels, her debutante preening is often vexing. She constantly refers to her husband and never mentions that they were divorced in When she observes that after "The House of Mirth" was published "my husband and I decided to exchange our little house in NY for a flat in Paris," we know that the hovel accommodated servants and could be divided into 6 apartments.
Edie needs a villa in Paris to replace "the emptiness of life in a hotel. The name of Morton Fullerton, the American journalist who allegedly gave her a Lady Chatterley thrill, is omitted from this memoir.
It should really be called Impressions. Advised that a boat for England sails from Boston in two days, Henry whinges that Lud! Say no more Guests descend, r and l, in dwindling importance. Edie, pls take off your corset.
She won prizes, was acclaimed for her best-sellers, made dozens of luxe transatlantic crossings First Class, had stately homes here and there, chartered yachts, and, frankly, never sat still - until she died in Post-war1 America offended her. She couldnt bear to see any breakup of the social and class structure that enhanced her Gilded Age. Dont misunderstand my irreverence. Edie was a lady. Her stories capture a prehistoric period. It seems she and Fullerton could never get-it-on because her servants were always about.
Elsewhere we read they finally pulled the shades in London at the Charing Cross Hotel. I hope it went beyond frottage.
A Backward Glance: Edith Wharton’s Reflections on Her Writing Life
Edith Wharton in NYC, Though Wharton was born during the Civil War and lived in America and Europe through the Victorian, Edwardian, First World War and Interwar eras, her writing was most influenced by her formative years toward the close of the 19th century in the Gilded Age — a time of materialistic excesses combined with extreme poverty in America. To help keep this site running: Willow and Thatch may receive a commission when you click on any of the links on our site and make a purchase after doing so. On the surface, it is a perfect match. Scorsese has two great strengths in adapting it. The first is visual. Working with the masterful cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, he shows a society encrusted by its possessions.
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A Backward Glance