Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

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By (author) Hermione Lee

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 864 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 40mm | 557g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099763516
  • ISBN 13: 9780099763512
  • Sales rank: 244,499

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This masterly new biography of Edith Wharton paints a portrait of a fiercely modern author, writing of sex, love, money and war - a woman of strong convictions and conflicting ambitions and desires. Delving into every aspect of her extraordinary life story, the book shows in fascinating detail how she worked and what lies at the heart of her magnificent and elegant works.

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Hermione Lee's previous books include the internationally acclaimed biography Virginia Woolf, a collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts, and a study of Elizabeth Bowen. She is a well-known reviewer and broadcaster, and, in 2006, Chair of the judges for the Man-Booker Prize. She is the first woman Goldsmiths' Professor of English at Oxford University, a Fellow of New College Oxford, of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to literature.

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"A superb biography" -- Colm Toibin Irish Times "Adding impressive depth and nuance to the received portrait of Wharton, Lee's biography excels in its discussions of her writing" -- Peter Kemp The Sunday Times "Painstaking and elegant... One of this book's great pleasures is Lee's discussion of Wharton's work" -- Kasia Boddy Daily Telegraph "A feat of exhaustive research...finely tuned to Wharton's creative achievement. This is a glorious biography" -- Mark Bostridge Independent on Sunday "[A] majestically weighty autobiography as meticulous, exhaustive and exhausting in scope and scale as its subject" -- Hilary Spurling Observer