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