Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Edith Wharton: American Jane Austen?
Edith Wharton, writing nearly a century later than Jane, is what I believe to be a cynical version of Jane Austen. At least in the House of Mirth. She can write about the nuances of behavior and looks, the confusion between men and women about love, power, or intent in the confines of society rules. But I find Edith a bit more cynical. I don't believe she means for her heroine to triumph, even though I'm only 1/3 of the way through the novel. We shall see. But I would recommend checking out her works. Next on my list is the Age of Innocence.
Posted by Wild Child at 12:14 PM
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