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  • Edith Wharton

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    Edith Wharton once wrote, “Life is the saddest thing next to death (Johnson and Zimmerman).” She is also said to have been “among the first American writers to gain a sense of the world as an evil place (Johnson and Zimmerman).” Edith Newbold Jones was considered to be a “product of New York City” (Johnson and Zimmerman) and was born on January 24, 1862 (a day she tried to keep secret (“Edith Wharton Biography” bookrags.com)) in the wealthier side of New York City. It is said that “her privileged

  • Edith Wharton

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    Biographical Summary Edith Wharton lived a very interesting life. She had grown up in a relatively high class family. She had some trouble in her relationship though. Most of her novels are written about her past life experiences. Although she did have challenges to face, Edith Wharton ended up extremely well. On January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton was born in New York City. Her parents are George Fredric Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. They were descents from English and Duitch colonists who

  • Expectations Of Edith Wharton

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    Mrs. Gaede English II-A1 2 May 2014 Edith Wharton: Women’s’ Place and Expectations in Old New York On January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. Wharton’s family were decedents of English and Dutch colonists who had made fortunes in shipping, selling and banking. Wharton, the youngest and only girl of 3 children, spoke 3 languages and was taught by a series of governesses. Because Wharton was taught only with the intention

  • The Life and Works of Edith Wharton

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    nearly brand new, American famous writer, and poet Edith Wharton was born into a wealthy family in New York City, 1862. Although Edith was born into the wealthier class of New York, she could never endure the lifestyle. Edith’s writing started around the late 1890’s when she started to realize that the life that she was living was not for her. She married Edwards Robbins Wharton, a Boston banker whom she spent her time with in Rhode Island. Edith traveled to Europe a lot as a child and an adult. During

  • Ethan Frome. by Edith Wharton

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    speculates about “what he and Mattie were to live on when they reached the West” (Wharton 116). The next minute, he reverts back to a life with Zeena due to a new financial or obligatory obstacle, continuing the internal cycle of arguments he holds over his future. The reader knows from the beginning that Ethan turns out to be hopeless and “the ruin of a man” through the thoughts and relations of a newcomer engineer (Wharton 3). However, the spark of hope that remains in the reader for happiness for Ethan-

  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

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    high school curriculum because it teaches certain morals, and raises questionable ideas about the way the children should perceive society standards. It is a historical teaching, by showing the teenagers the mentality behind the 1870’s society. Edith Wharton usually wrote in her stories several themes that involved the Higher Class in New York during the time. The ironic situations that presented themselves within society. A couple that she focuses the most are, the theme of personal happiness, the

  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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    Ethan Frome is the work of Edith Wharton, the Pulitzer Prize winning author. The novel is set in Starkfield, a fictitious town in Massachusetts. The novel is the story of an unnamed narrator who tells the tale of his run in with Ethan Frome. This is a man with desires and dreams that culminate in an ironic twist of events. The basis of the story is from the observations made by the narrator at Frome’s house when the narrator was temporarily housed there for the period of a winter storm. Throughout

  • Edith Newbold Jones Wharton

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    Edith Newbold Jones Wharton The Novelist’s Life All literary critics and sources that give accounts of Edith Newbold Jones Wharton’s life seem to agree on the basic facts. Wharton was born in 1862 into a wealthy family and raised during America’s Guilded Age. “ She was born into the lavish world of inherited wealth, one which she benefited from greatly. This life of luxury provided Wharton with a rich source of material which she used to challenge the attitudes of America’s Guilded Age

  • Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

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    Ethan Frome Ethan Frome, a novel by Edith Wharton, is set in the bleak Massachusetts town of Starkfield. Ethan Frome struggles to make a living as a farmer while his wife, Zeena, complains about her imaginary ailments. When Zeena’s cousin, Mattie, comes to live with the couple, Ethan and Mattie develop a growing friendship. This “friendship” arouses Zeena’s jealousy and so she evicts Mattie from the house. Ethan becomes furious as he realizes he has fallen in love with Mattie. As they are about to

  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

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    Edith Wharton’s novel of manners The House of Mirth is a satirical representation of upper society. The personification of this satire is the character Lily Bart. The leader is led to believe that Lily is trapped by her upbringing in higher society, which is seen in Wharton’s use of characterization, imagery, and motifs throughout the novel. Wharton’s characterization of Lily Bart focuses on her beauty as the reason for her acceptance into high society. During the tableaux vivants at the Welly Brys’

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