Is Edith Wharton the New Jane Austen?

Is Edith the new Jane? Going by the old feature writing rule -- twice can be coincidence but thrice is a trend -- Edith Wharton is posed to become the latest literary cottage industry a la Jane Austen. This summer, two first-time authors recast Wharton's novels in contemporary times, and in August there's a new novel starring Edith herself caught up in a passionate love affair. It's also the 150th anniversary of her birth as Edith Newbold Jones. "Keeping up with the Joneses'' supposedly refers to her father's aristocratic New York family, and, of course, it was her incisive novels and short stories of Gilded Age society that won her fame. ...more

Happy 150th, Edith Wharton!

Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature, was born on January 24, 1862, 150 years ago today. ...more
@WandaShapiro That TOTALLY counts! ;-)more

The Age of Innocence: Book Review

Over the past two weeks I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Although the story takes place in 1870s New York, the criticisms of society's restrictions are still very relevant today....more