A Backward Glance. Edith Wharton. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of . In his Introduction, Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and lucid as in the best of her novels”.Written in , three years. Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and.

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But just beneath the surface, she was deeply insecure, especially about her writing abilities. On my last vacation, I visited Edith Wharton’s beloved home, the Mount, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, even though I had never read anything by gpance.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His devouring imagination was never at rest, and the agony was more editb he could bear. I hope it went beyond frottage. I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest gance of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence.

If you had to choose edth hundred people from your life to include in a memoir, whom would you choose? However, it is invariably on the quality of their conversation that she focuses rather than on the fashion of the day or any wealth on display. It’s also interesting, because in her novels she seemed extremely sympathetic to the plight of women in society and the poor in rural New England, but here she reveals that she was incredibly dismissive and condescending to the latter and held views that are pretty incompatible with feminism.

Paperbackpages. It is, however, not fundamentally a “”popular”” autobiography, edit rather a “”literary”” biography, the reminiscences of her human contacts, of her literary contacts, rather than an account of the events of her life and her emotional reactions.


It contains the thoughts and the memories of a life rich in reading and writing, in travel and in dear friends.

A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton

Bit of a dull read – lots of lists of books read and people seen, and being broadly unfamiliar with both reading through them was a bit of a slog. What is so unique about the book is her language. After all how much can one tell about oneself!

Although I felt put off once or twice at a touch of snobbishness due to her upbringing, I fell in love with her written words. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines.

During World War I, Wharton dedicated herself to the war effort and was honored by the French government for her work with Belgian refugees. There are certain things mentioned about him that I found endearing. Of course, that’s how On my last vacation, I editb Edith Wharton’s beloved home, the Mount, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, even though I had never read anything by her.

He had not my solace of hard work, though he did all he had strength for, and gave all the pecuniary help he could.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. In short, the language is fresh. Jul 08, Kyle rated it really liked it. The visible is a daily miracle backwafd those who have eyes and ears; and I still worm my hands thankfully by the old fire, through every year it is fed with the dry wood of more memories.

Add backwardd that my general ignorance of the literary time period in which, and of which, she wrote and the whole thing was kind of A mostly pleasant diversion. He also wonders that she didn’t glanfe about her husband but focused instead on her relationship with Sturgis – it’s like come on Auchincloss, I quite liked this book and had some serious disagreements with the intro by Louis Auchincloss – it comes off as far more dated than Edith’s writing does.

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The reception of q books gave me the self-confidence I had so long lacked, and in the company of people who shared my tastes, and treated me as their equal, I ceased to suffer from the agonizing shyness which used to rob such encounters of all pleasure. With richness and delicacy, it describes the sophisticated New York society in which Wharton spent her youth, and chronicles her travels throughout Europe and her literary success as an adult.

None of my relations ever spoke to me of my books, either to praise or to blame — they simply ignored them … At first I felt this indifference acutely; but now I no longer cared, for my recognition as a writer had transformed my life. erith

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I will save that argument for another time, but I think it very much applies to Wharton. Whether that was reality for her or just a state of mind, to be able to put it in words; what joy! This autobiography is little more than a romp down memory lane, from her giddy, embarrassingly girlish descriptions of her Victorian clothing and even bonnets, as a child and outings with her beloved father. Dont misunderstand my irreverence. Then her writing made perfect sense. May 10, Deborah Schuff rated it really liked it Shelves:

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