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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It seemed inconceivable that there could be war or that it could last for long. Edie was a lady.

Friends with Henry James and Backwzrd Roosevelt, she found herself marooned glanfe Paris inand spent the next four years working with refugees, and the last twenty years of her life in France. Whether that was reality for her or just a state of mind, to be able to put it in w Edith Wharton If there’s one thing I appreciate in an author it’s the ability to write a beautiful sentence, and Wharton is a master: Dec 08, Deanna rated it really liked it.

May recommend reading a biography of Wharton rather than this autobiography. Although many of her books have recently been reprinted, there z still no complete collected edition of her work. This moment of suspense, in which there was time to watch the forces of malice and merriment assembling over the mobile landscape of his face, was perhaps the rarest of all in the unique baclward of a talk with Henry James.

Throughout this chapter, I hoped that she would talk about his books; however, she refrains from doing so. In his Introduction, Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and lucid as bavkward the best of her novels”.

Let me open it at random: Dec 28, Gwynhwyfar rated it did not like it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But still the black cloud hung over the world, and to him it was soon to be a pall. Return to Book Page. What this book offers is a look at moments in Wharton’s life which she felt were most important to set down as the most influential. She constantly refers to her glamce and never mentions that they were divorced in 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.


A Backward Glance

I loved reading it. But just beneath the surface, she was deeply insecure, especially about her writing abilities. And her brief, passionate love affair at age 46 with journalist Morton Fullerton. As Wharton became more established as a successful writer, Teddy’s mental backaard declined and their marriage deteriorated.

A BACKWARD GLANCE by Edith Wharton | Kirkus Reviews

Can you really expect someone raised in the society described in The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence to go into such personal details in an autobigoraphy? For the most part I backwwrd loved Wharton’s autobiography.

Too often these memories just amount to a list of people she knew or various anecdotes that were probably funny at the time but left me a little cold.

In that respect I think it succeeds beautifully. With a sense of mingled guilt and self-satisfaction I glanced at one article after another.

And probably the regard of my parents for the niceties of speech was a part of their breeding. Edith Wharton — was an American novelist—the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Glamce in —as well as a short story writer, playwright, designer, reporter, and poet. Her real emotional life was in her friendship with other writers, most of them men – so go sit down somewhere and feel sorry for her husband there, not it the intro to her autobiography. In this volume she takes a look back at her own life; the novels, her marriage, her friends, and her life as an American living in Paris.


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

Feminist readings and reactions to them have focused renewed attention on her as a woman and as an artist. Jan 09, Ronald Morton rated it liked it. In short, the language is fresh.

Clearly she was blessed with the knack for storytelling, and had an affinity with books long before she could even read–her gift of imagery and pretend, of having her characters literally introduce themselves to her with complete names, addresses and professions or lack thereof calls to mind Mozart’s magic–“music from God,” to hear Dr Yeou-Cheng Ma describe it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. See also Dear Literary Ladies: What I had done was actually thought important enough to be not only printed but reviewed!

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. With richness and delicacy, Wharton describes In she left America altogether and settled in Paris, where she wrote some of her most memorable stories of harsh New England rural lifeEthan Frome and Summer as well as The Reefwhich is set in France.

May 05, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: With richness and delicacy, it describes the sophisticated New York society ediith which Wharton spent her youth, and chronicles her travels throughout Europe and her literary success as an adult.