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The Gilded Age

Giving Edith Wharton's Jew a Makeover

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

I suppose I could have forgotten The House of Mirth and just shrugged her off as another WASP writer stewing in her class prejudices. But I enjoyed Wharton's work too much, had written about it and even taught her fiction over the years. And The House of Mirth is just too powerful a book to ignore.

Rebuilding The House of Mirth: A Blog for Edith Wharton's Birthday

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I understood that the authors were products of their society and a western culture that was ingrained with Jew-hatred, but it still pushed me out of the book the way a plot implausibility can make you lose faith in a movie.

Fellowes Is Going Pre-'Downton' For NBC

Posted 11.27.2012 | TV

Julian Fellowes is bringing his "Downton Abbey" success to NBC. Fresh on the heels of "Downton Abbey" getting a fourth season order, NBC has annou...

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Lesser Figures Of The Enlightenment

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.30.2012 | Comedy

(Illustrated by Christoph Hitz) This story originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Culture Wars Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

(Illustrations by Christoph Hitz) This originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

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.

Do You Still Read Fiction?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Philip Roth has written two dozen novels, yet fiction has lost its appeal for him personally. When asked why, he said he didn't know, and only offered a smart-aleck response: "I wised up."

What Work Could Gilded Age Women Do?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.14.2011 | Women
Lev Raphael

Remember Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth? Remember how faded socialite Lily Bart drops down the social ladder, from unpaid secretary for her wealt...

Painting A Gilded Age: Artist Rachel Kaye

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 04.26.2012 | Home
Kimberly Brooks

We are fresh from the loud popping noise of yet another bubble. I recently discovered the works of artist Rachel Kaye in Miami this December, as the crash had started to sink in.