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Edith Wharton

Tea for Two - The Inn at Irving Place Hosts Lady Mendl's Royal Tea Room

Hope Gainer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Travel
Hope Gainer

Who said you have to cross the pond to have a proper tea? I had the pleasure of tea for two with my British friend, Harriet, with cucumber tea sandwiches, clotted cream and jam with homemade scones. Before sipping the tea of our choice, we toasted with a glass of bubbly.

First Kisses of Rock + Lit

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.

Time to 'Remember the Ladies' -- in Central Park

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Myriam Miedzian

There is a long history of not hearing about outstanding women, or forgetting them when they die. It's part and parcel of not seeing them represented in public places. Making women visible in Central Park would be an important step in correcting this.

Edith Wharton Rocked My World

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.27.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Wharton just had her 151st birthday, and I feel like she's been part of my life for decades. I wouldn't say that she haunts me, exactly, but she's lodged in my consciousness like a rich piece of chamber music -- the Schubert quintet, perhaps -- continually revealing new depths.

Zoë Triska

11 Reasons Edith Wharton Was A Badass

HuffingtonPost.com | Zoë Triska | Posted 01.24.2013 | Books

Today would have been Edith Wharton's 151st birthday. It was less than a year ago that Jonathan Franzen simply dismissed the great author as being an ...

Reading by Headlamp

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I love reading more than I like hot showers and cold milk, and way more than I like vacuuming or even a clean house. But we all need reminding, now and then, and Sandy sent the message home.

Thwarted Romances Are a Literary Staple

Dave Astor | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Among literature's most popular plot devices are the obstructions authors put on the road of love. It's hard not to get engrossed when two characters are thwarted from finding happiness with each other.

PHOTOS: Vogue's Edith Wharton Photo Shoot Features Famous Authors

Posted 08.30.2012 | Books

For Vogue's September issue, their team trekked to The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, for a literary-inspired photo shoot phot...

Edith Wharton: Then and Now

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

What is it about Edith Wharton and her work that is so timeless? Why are we still reading, relating and retelling her vivid stories?

Edith Wharton Is Hot

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Nobody's expecting Wharton to ever be as popular as Jane Austen. After all, Wharton had a much more jaundiced view of life than Austen did, and she's unlikely to be hijacked as a writer of romances, the way Austen has been.

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

Check Out A Different Side Of Florence

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.19.2012 | Travel
Lev Raphael

Thanks to a friend, I found a quarter of this famous city that felt completely apart. The architectural beauty was there, but the tourists weren't.

Are Novels Better With Large Casts or Small Casts?

Dave Astor | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

For a book with "Solitude" in its title, it sure has lots of characters! After recently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I've been thinking about whether novels are better with large casts or small casts.

How Will We Read? - Edith Wharton

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Anyone who has experienced the delight of reading the magnificent works of Pulitzer prize-winning author Edith Wharton might enjoy the opportunity to learn more about her life and her books.

A Look at Unhappy Literary Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 04.24.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I recently read Freedom, and one thing that struck me was how unhappy the Patty Berglund character was for much of that excellent novel. And one couldn't always figure out why Patty was so glum.

Life Spans of Literary Giants

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Charles Dickens' 200th birthday and Edith Wharton's 150th birthday got me thinking about how old famous novelists were when they died. How does the longevity of notable authors compare to the longevity of adults in general?

It Ain't Heavy, It's a Book Break!

Dave Astor | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

People who love novels almost never stop reading them. But some of us need to occasionally take a brief break from "heavier" novels, including cherished classics and the best of modern literature.

Happy 150th, Edith Wharton!

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 03.25.2012 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature, was born on January 24, 1862, 150 years ago today.

Happy 150th Birthday, Edith Wharton!

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.23.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

January 24 is her 150th birthday, and I don't know how Wharton would have felt about my novel, but for me, it's been one of the most exhilarating collaborations of my career.

When a Novel's Main Character Is Unlikable

Dave Astor | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With all the bad people in real-life politics and big business, do we really want to read about bad people in novels?

Thank You, Jane Austen

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.05.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I fell in love repeatedly in college. With authors. I was an English major and reeled from one new passion to another. Some of them feel like youthf...

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

In Praise of the Novella

Dave Astor | Posted 11.01.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

A novella can be read in only a few hours, yet the best ones pack almost the same punch as much longer works of fiction.

Have You Read a Book a Day for a Week? Try Doing It for a Year

Steve Kettmann | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Steve Kettmann

Nina Sankovitch funneled her grief into a daffy, crazy notion, namely, that every day for a year she would read a book and post an online review of that book all in real time. Plenty of people have had such notions. Sankovitch really did it.

Readers Answer: Who's Your Favorite Female Author?

Posted 10.09.2011 | Books

Happy Women's Day! In honor of the special day, Random House asked on Twitter:" Who is your favorite female author and why?" Readers used the hashtag ...