Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee audiobook

Edith Wharton

By Hermione Lee
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Random House Audio 9780701166656
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The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf. Born in 1862, Edith Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. After tentative beginnings, she developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous. Wharton’s life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: her fabled houses and gardens, her heroic relief efforts during the Great War, the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her. With profound empathy and insight, Lee brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her to be far more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age. In its revelation of both the woman and the writer, Edith Wharton is a landmark biography.

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Winner of the 2008 Ambassador Book Award for Biography

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf. Born in 1862, Edith Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. After tentative beginnings, she developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous. Wharton’s life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: her fabled houses and gardens, her heroic relief efforts during the Great War, the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her. With profound empathy and insight, Lee brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her to be far more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age. In its revelation of both the woman and the writer, Edith Wharton is a landmark biography.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The fullest biography of Wharton to date . . . Superb in using the fiction as a way to read the life, defining their relation in a way that is at once seamless but never simplified . . . Lee’s portraiture at its best seems Proustian. Michael Gorra, Times Literary Supplement (London)
Tremendous . . . Enlightening . . . Rises to landmark status . . . The formidable Mrs. Wharton is given great humanity here. Booklist
A major achievement . . . In no other biography is there a more perceptive analysis of how Wharton’s life was reflected in her work. Publishers Weekly
Absorbing . . . An exemplary biography . . . Sure to be the standard work on Wharton for years to come. Kirkus
Monumentally conceived and impressively executed . . . Lee is out to understand Wharton, not to vilify or sanctify her . . .  She is a discriminating and generous critic who offers full, fresh and incisive discussions of all the novels and scores of the short stories. Elaine Showalter, The Guardian (London)
Epic and definitive . . . Lee is a confident and vivid critic. Jane Shilling, The Times (London)
Lee’s subtle and painstaking ability to illuminate the work with the life, and to make the life itself so interesting makes this a superb biography. Colm Tóibín, The Irish Times
Excellent . . . Particularly masterful in her discussion of Wharton’s fiction . . . A magnificent and subtle biography of a magnificent and subtle writer. Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph (London)
This is a glorious biography . . . The time is ripe for a new biography of Edith Wharton of this intimacy and on this scale . . . Lee the biographer pursues her subject down every winding corridor, into every hidden passage and dark corner . . . Her critical exploration of Edith Wharton’s work is dazzlingly assured . . . A feat of exhaustive research, and finely tuned to Wharton’s creative achievement at the same time . . . [Wharton] could scarcely have failed to be impressed by . . . its artistic sympathy, its sonorous depths, and its soaring conception. Mark Bostridge, The Independent on Sunday (London)
A fascinating portrait of a brilliant writer. The Economist
Elegant . . . not only the best book on its subject, but one of the finest literary biographies to appear in recent years. Greg Johnson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A remarkable feat . . . Nobody has done Edith Wharton such careful justice as Lee. Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review
A rich tapestry. There is so much here . . . Edith Wharton shimmers with details about a vanished world, and Lee . . . brings it to vivid life. Jacqueline Blais, USA Today
A splendid biography, extremely rich in social and historical detail, a telling picture of the many years Wharton’s life spanned . . . Biography is usually the revenge of little people on big people . . .but Lee is subtle and big-hearted enough to understand her subject . . .  Lee never reduces Wharton’s books to veiled autobiography, just as she is never reluctant to interpret them in the light of Wharton’s life . . . A sophisticated, finely written portrait . . . Edith Wharton would have been horrified by the ‘indiscretions’ in this biography, but it is the balanced, richly detailed, and researched portrait she deserves. Edmund White, The New York Review of Books
Magnificent . . . Unsurpassable in scope and surely in sensitivity . . . Filled to bursting with the friends, travels, projects and writings that engaged Wharton’s attention and energies. Linda Simon, Newsday
Groundbreaking . . . A sophisticated, persuasive, powerfully intelligent masterwork. Lisa Shea, Elle
Rich . . . Fine . . . Much more than a literary study. Bruce Allen, The Washington Times
Stunning . . . Rich . . . Wonderfully humanizing. Megan O’Grady, Vogue
Enables readers to feel they have known Mrs. W. all their lives. Barbara Amiel, Wall Street Journal
Lively . . . Insightful . . . Thorough and intelligent . . .This meticulous, generous biography is likely to suffice for a long time . . . One can at last grasp the full range of Wharton’s writing and the full power of her energy. Diane Johnson, Washington Post Book World

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English