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Edith Wharton

by Hermione Lee

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Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
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  • Published Apr 2007
    896 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf. Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Hermione Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton—tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction.

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"Starred Review. Lee's portrait of Wharton as a strong-willed woman determined to surmount the background she drew on for inspiration, a woman obsessed with "double lives, repression, sexual hypocrisy, hidden longings," is a major achievement." - PW.

"Starred Review. As expected for such a respected biographer of writers, Lee nimbly integrates analysis of Wharton's works into the bigger life story." - Booklist.

"An exemplary biography of a not-always-exemplary subject. Sure to be the standard work on Wharton for years to come." - Kirkus.

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