A Backward Glance. Edith Wharton. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of . In his Introduction, Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and lucid as in the best of her novels”.Written in , three years. Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and.

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I was a little confused by some of the criticism of this here on Goodreads. Common terms and phrases admiration American amusing asked beautiful Bourget brother called century Charles Du Bos cousin dear delightful dinner drawing-room Edith Wharton Egerton Winthrop England English Ethan Frome eyes famous father felt fiction French friendship garden guests hand happy heard Henry James hostess House of Mirth Howard Sturgis husband imagination intelligent interest intimate invited Italian James’s knew known Lady Lamb House letters literary little girl lived London look Madame de Fitz-James Matilde Serao mother motor Mount never novel novelist Ogden Codman old friend once parents Paris Paul Bourget Pencraig Percy Lubbock Queen’s Acre readers remember rue de Varenne salon seemed social society soon story summer tale talk thing thought tion told took turn Valley of Decision Vernon Lee villa walk Walter Berry winter wonder write York young youth.

But still the black cloud hung over the world, and to him it was soon to be a pall. An Autobiography takes readers up tobut Wharton’s account of the years post barely backwsrd to an epilogue. Her stories capture a prehistoric period.

Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton’s reputation as an important novelist.

A Backward Glance: Edith Wharton’s Reflections on Her Writing Life

Mar 27, Robyn rated it liked it Shelves: And that is caught in the pattern of this book. This autobiography is little more than a romp down memory lane, from her giddy, embarrassingly girlish descriptions of her Victorian clothing and even bonnets, as a child and outings with her beloved father.


I’m sure there are many biographies that go into these subjects in great detail.

I will save that argument for another time, but I think it very much applies to Wharton. Written inthree years before her death, A Backward Glance is a vivid account of Wharton’s public and private life.

She is not desolate, she still draws from her usual sources of joy. Oct backwagd, K rated it really liked it. Jan 28, Khush rated it it was amazing.

Norton was supremely gifted as an awakener, and no thoughtful mind can recall without a thrill the notes of the first voice which has called it out of its morning dream. Of her fictional characters she says: After all how much can one edirh about oneself!

Of course, that’s how On my last vacation, I visited Edith Wharton’s beloved home, the Mount, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, even though I had never read anything by her. Here is a picture of her home ‘The Mount’ in Massachusetts: It is an interesting first hand account of life in New York City towards the end of the nineteenth century through the first part of the twentieth century. In that respect I think it succeeds beautifully.

She writes with grace, choosing not to divulge details of an unhappy Advised that a boat for England sails from Boston in two days, Henry whinges that Lud!

The memoir is not a chronological autobiography; it is a collection of thoughts and memories of various topics, events and people.

Her aristocratic snobbishness is pretty amusing at times, though at one point she relates that Melville wasn’t welcome in high society because of his “deplorable bohemianism”. There were exceptions to what saw as disposable. They treated their language with the same rather ceremonious courtesy as their friends.

You might also like: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. 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 whqrton into 6 apartments. Some people accused John Galsworthy, author of a similar “Study of manners”,The Forsyte Saga, of being a hypocritical member of the very class he criticized.

The reception of my books gave me the self-confidence I had so long lacked, and in the company of people who shared my tastes, and treated me as their equal, I ceased to suffer backwqrd the agonizing shyness which used to rob such encounters of all pleasure. An autobiography of perhaps the outstanding figure in American letters in the past twenty five years, and a book that everyone who has cared for Edith Wharton’s books will want to read.


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People come and go – a lengthy list of names I’m sure making up the who’s who of the time – but almost all of them are unknown to me though H. Not a brother, not the famous novelist, but a dear friend. An extraordinary woman who became a leading writer of the day–even more extraordinary because she became a writer in an age when women in her day in upper crust NYC were expected only to attend society events. She also completed her most biting satire, The Custom of the Countrythe story of Undine Spragg’s climb, marriage by marriage, from a midwestern town to New York to a French chateau.

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Jul 06, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Each whxrton has unknown people coming in and so forth. Add to that my general ignorance of the literary time period in which, and of which, she wrote and the whole thing was kind of disposable to me.

The name of Morton Fullerton, the American journalist who allegedly gave her a Lady Chatterley thrill, is omitted from this memoir. I can’t think of any better way to express wharfon feeling you get when you are learning from a great teacher. She is modest without being coy about her capabilities.

Of course, she crafts this picture for the reader through her exquisite prose.