False Dawn by Edith Wharton audiobook

False Dawn

By Edith Wharton
Read by Sir Derek Jacobi

Blackstone Publishing

The Old New York Series

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The first of four novellas, together called Old New York, set in the mid-1800s. Lewis Raycie is sent on a grand tour of Europe with instructions from his father to acquire a collection of accepted Art Works. His father’s dream is to own a Raphael; instead, Lewis returns with a priceless collection of Renaissance masterpieces by Piero della Francesca and others of equal stature. They are, however, unknown in America. His father is appalled and disinherits him. His family ridicules him. But it is only after Lewis dies that the magnificent collection gets the recognition it really deserves.

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Summary

Summary

The first of four novellas, together called Old New York, set in the mid-1800s.

Lewis Raycie is sent on a grand tour of Europe with instructions from his father to acquire a collection of accepted Art Works. His father’s dream is to own a Raphael; instead, Lewis returns with a priceless collection of Renaissance masterpieces by Piero della Francesca and others of equal stature. They are, however, unknown in America.

His father is appalled and disinherits him. His family ridicules him. But it is only after Lewis dies that the magnificent collection gets the recognition it really deserves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The novella exhibits Wharton’s masterful use of irony, a pervasive characteristic of her work, in treating the division between crass new-money values, which Wharton often identified with Americans, and aesthetic taste and connoisseurship, traits Wharton herself valued and often associated with Europeans. Companion to Literature: Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story
False Dawn is devoted to the recreation of physical milieu and the manners of mid-nineteenth-century New York…A kind of parable suggested…by the career of James Jackson Jarves, the pioneer American collection of Italian primitives, whose attempt to alter the taste of his generation proved as heartbreaking as Lewis Raycie’s. Blake Nevius, in Edith Wharton: A Study of Her Fiction
“In False Dawn, Lewis Raycie, driven by the force of his beliefs, interferes—to a vastly destructive extent—with the destiny of his own family. Raycie believes so much in the worth of his private vision that, despite the injurious effects his efforts have on his wife and daughter, he persists wholeheartedly in his mission.” Linda Costanzo Cahir in Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton
“The story of a visionary collector of Italian primitives, far ahead of his time.” Hermione Lee, in Edith Wharton
“Satiric dialogue.” New York Journal of Books

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Author

Author Bio: Edith Wharton

Author Bio: Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 2.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English