Edith Wharton A Woman in her Time Author:Louis Auchincloss Edith Wharton was not only a great lady of American letters but also a highly talented woman who chose a career in literature in a period when serious writing was considered "too inky for ladies" and when only a passing acquaintance with the arts was deemed necessary. As she was later to comment, she was always thought too fashionable to be int... more »elligent and too intelligent to be fashionable.
Edith Wharton's world, both in America and in the expatriate havens of Europe, is here made extremely vivid---first through Louis Auchincloss's excellent account, again through Mrs. Wharton's perceptive prose, and lastly through charming photographs, many of which have not been published previously. Mr. Auchincloss concludes that the society of which Edith Wharton wrote was "an integral part of the American dream---the American myth--the American illusion." This pictorial biography helps explain and recapture the ambiance of that bygone era, highlighting the life of an exceptional woman and novelist in this important period.« less