Edith Wharton A to Z : the essential guide to the life and work /
Sarah Bird Wright.
New York : Facts on File, c1998.
xxi, 330 p. : ill., map ; 29 cm.
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New York : Facts on File, c1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-318) and index.
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First Chapter
Edith Wharton has always been a popular author as well as a critically acclaimed novelist of manners. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, her short fiction and articles brought high prices from mass-audience magazines, and her work has been the basis for numerous plays and films for over 70 years. In recent years, there has been a Wharton revival, as she has attracted the interest of critics and scholars writing from a variety of perspectives, as well as a growing public.
Edith Wharton A to Z is a comprehensive, encyclopedic, easy-to-use reference, with hundreds of entries discussing every significant aspect of Wharton's life and work.
Additional features include:
Appendixes that index entries by topic, chronicle Wharton's publication history, and identify all the fictional characters in her work.
A special feature by Scott Marshall, deputy director of The Mount (Wharton's restored home in Lenox, Mass.) provides a fascinating record of theatrical, film, and even operatic adaptations of Wharton's work, with production and release dates, names of producers, writers, directors, performers, and other details.
A timeline, a chronology, a family tree, extensive bibliographies, 90 black-and-white photographs, and a complete general index complement the coverage, making information easy to access from any point.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06-01:
Wright offers another excellent encyclopedia in this publisher's "A to Z" titles on individual authors. More than 450 alphabetical, cross-referenced entries drawn from original and secondary sources cover all aspects of Wharton's life and writings. Entries vary in length from one sentence to several pages; there are 90 photographs and other illustrations; seven appendixes include a bibliography and media adaptations of Wharton's writings; and there is a detailed index. This title fills a niche between the shorter summaries found in various biographical dictionaries (e.g., The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, ed. by Cathy Davidson et al., CH, May'95) and full-length biographies (e.g., Katherine Joslin's Edith Wharton, 1994). Wright, an authority on Wharton, has written a comprehensive reference useful for college and university libraries, especially those with collections in women's studies. T. M. Racz Eastern Michigan University
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
A-to-Z Entriesp. 1
Appendicesp. 271
Topical List of Entriesp. 273
Media Adaptations of Edith Wharton's Worksp. 287
Chronology of Edith Wharton's Writingsp. 297
Family Treesp. 301
Edith Wharton: a Timelinep. 303
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 319
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