Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction

Rattray, L. (2020) Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9780230361669 (doi:10.1057/978-1-349-59557-0)

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Abstract

During her lifetime, Edith Wharton was one of America’s most popular and prolific writers. She was also one of the most versatile. Wharton worked – and worked hugely successfully throughout her career – across a variety of genres, including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, criticism and literary theory, travel writing and autobiography, as well as writing on architecture and design. This diverse narrative has been obscured over the years, however, primarily by the fascination with Wharton as a novelist, and at times as a short story writer. The stories of these other Edith Whartons, born through her extraordinary dexterity across a wide range of genres, and their impact on our understanding of her career, have not been fully told, and they are the focus of this book. With the benefit of extensive new archival research, Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction offers the first study of Wharton’s full engagement with original writing in genres outside those with which she has been most closely identified and for which she is best remembered to reveal a more diverse, radical, feminist, subversive and experimental writer than we have long supposed.

Item Type:Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rattray, Dr Laura
Authors: Rattray, L.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UK
ISBN:9780230361669
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