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Edith Wharton

4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Novels Do Not Need Warning Labels

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

If someone had warned me that Wharton's novel could be upsetting or painful for whatever reasons, I might have avoided it, skimmed it, or turned to Cliffs Notes. I would have missed a book that helped change my life.

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

The 'Bada Bing' of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Popular culture references can be a shorthand way of conveying vivid images. In their own unique way, they can enrich the read, if they're not over-used. Incorporating the names of people, products, films and television shows within the story can bring immediacy to the narrative.

Is There a Literary Lesson to Be Learned From Visiting a Writer's Home?

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"Emily Dickinson is an overarching category that includes her writing and her biography," says Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Mu...

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?