Thursday 1 May 2014

The Wharton Review May 2014

Welcome to the inaugural Wharton Review!

During the month of May, join us in celebrating the life and times of Edith Newbold Jones (24th January 1862 - 11th August 1937).

I first read The Age of Innocence in my early twenties ... and fell in love.
I loved her exquisite use of language, I loved her tortured souls, I loved her social observations and I loved learning about old New York.

I then went on to read (and mostly love) The Custom of the Country, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth & Summer.

I watched the movie of The Age of Innocence with Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer several times & I enjoyed the BBC production of The Buccaneers.

I have The Age of Innocence as a reread on my Classics Club list & I recently found an old copy of The Reef in a second hand bookshop.

When I decided to host a Wharton related event last week, I also found her memoir A Backward Glance and Hermoine Lee's biography from 2007 on the bottom of my TBR pile!

I highly recommend that you check out the The Edith Wharton Society webpage here and consider following them on facebook and twitter.

This is the masterpost that has the linky below for your reviews and Edith Wharton related posts throughout the month of May.

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  1. Wharton is WONDERFUL! I went to visit her home in the Berkshires in 2012--I have to check out Lee's biography of her, it's one I haven't read.

    1. Maybe you will post a piece with some photos of your visit to Edith's house?
      Thanks for stopping by.
      The Lee biography is a chunkster...with very tiny print! I'm not sure I will finish it in a month.

  2. Wow! I've never read 'The Age of Innocence' before or any of Edith Wharton's books! The only classics I actually read are Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen :P but I pretty much adore classics so I might want to give her books a try! :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    1. If you like Austen & Bront├ę, I feel fairly safe in saying you'll like many of the Wharton's too.
      I hope you can join us.

  3. Anonymous1/5/14

    Age of of the best books I ever read...and the ending is unforgettable!

    1. The ending always leaves me which such mixed emotions. It's so bittersweet...and definitely unforgettable!

  4. Anonymous1/5/14

    I will join you in reading some Wharton this month. I just can't decide whether to start with The Age of Innocence or The House of Mirth...

    1. Glad you can join us :-)
      My favourite Wharton is TAOI so I will happily barrack for it - read it. read it. read it!!

  5. Anonymous3/5/14

    Wish I could join you, but unfortunately it won't work out. Have a fun month with all things Wharton!

  6. Such a fun idea! I just posted on my first short Wharton book!

  7. Anonymous7/5/14

    Sounds like a great event! I can't believe I only got around to The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence in the last two years. I've also read a number of her smaller novellas but I still have The Custom of the Country and Ethan Frome on my to-read pile. I wish I could take part this month but I just have too many things going on. Have fun with everything Wharton :)

  8. Anonymous20/5/14

    I'm glad I've discovered your blog thanks to this event but I'm afraid I will not be able to contribute anything else.
    I'm just as surprised as you to find a blog that's right up my street after so many years.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Caroline & linking up - it's lovely to meet a new blogger (to me) at any time :-)
      I will happily promote your Angela Carter week in June as well.


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