Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee audiobook

Edith Wharton

By Hermione Lee
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Random House Audio 9780701166656
8.64 Hours 1
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The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf. Born in 1862, Edith Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. After tentative beginnings, she developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous. Wharton’s life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: her fabled houses and gardens, her heroic relief efforts during the Great War, the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her. With profound empathy and insight, Lee brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her to be far more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age. In its revelation of both the woman and the writer, Edith Wharton is a landmark biography.

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Winner of the 2008 Ambassador Book Award for Biography

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

The definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers, from the author of the acclaimed masterpiece Virginia Woolf. Born in 1862, Edith Wharton escaped the suffocating fate of the well-born female, traveled adventurously in Europe and eventually settled in France. After tentative beginnings, she developed a forceful literary professionalism and thrived in a luminous. Wharton’s life was fed by nonliterary enthusiasms as well: her fabled houses and gardens, her heroic relief efforts during the Great War, the culture of the Old World, which she never tired of absorbing. Yet intimacy eluded her. With profound empathy and insight, Lee brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her to be far more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age. In its revelation of both the woman and the writer, Edith Wharton is a landmark biography.

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Author Bio: Hermione Lee

Author Bio: Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee was president of Wolfson College from 2008 to 2017 and is professor emerita of English literature at Oxford University. Her work includes biographies of Tom Stoppard, Virginia Woolf, and Edith Wharton, as well as Penelope Fitzgerald, which won the James Tait Black Prize and was named one of the New York Times's top 10 Best Books of 2014. She has also written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth, and Willa Cather. She was awarded the Biographers' Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she was made a CBE, and in 2013 she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English