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(Novellas and Other Writings: Madame de Treymes / Ethan Frome / Summer / Old New York / The Mother’s Recompense / A Backward Glance.pdf) Collected in this em Library of America em volume are no fewer than six of the works of Edith Wharton novels novellas and her renowned autobiography em A Backward Glance em Together they represent nearly a quarter century in the productive life of one of the most accomplished and admired of American writers br br em Madame de Treymes em is set in fashionable Paris society where a once free spirited American woman is trying to extricate herself with the help of a fellow countryman from her marriage to an aristocratic Frenchman Wharton s keen sense of the American European contrast shows Paris society as stifling as life in any New England village br br Such a village is the scene of em Ethan Frome em a tale of marital entrapment even more relentless Ethan s unhappy marriage and his desperate love for his wife s cousin Mattie drive him to an act of shattering violence The magnificent coda is a classic of American realistic fiction br br Set in the same region of the Berkshires Wharton called em Summer em the Hot Ethan It is the story of a young woman s initiation into the intricate sexual and social mores of a small town and her revolt against them The complex relationship between Lawyer Royall and his ward Charity is one of Wharton s most subtle and evocative br br Observations of the American scene continue in the four novellas that make up em Old New York em They take us from the s of False Dawn where a young man is ostracized for his avant garde taste in art to the s of New Year s Day where a domestic scandal unfolds The Spark tells of a seemingly ordinary socialite who nevertheless was touched by his Civil War experiences The Old Maid a story of illegitimacy in which a mother refuses to claim her parental rights so her daughter might have advantages she cannot offer is one of Wharton s most popular br br The poignancies of parenthood are also the theme of em The Mother s Recompense em Kate Clephane a divorced woman who has been living in Europe returns to New York to find her former lover engaged to her daughter and to face the emotional tangles of this unusual triangle Wharton also explores here the changes that have taken place in New York since World War I br br The fullest portraits of New York are saved for em A Backward Glance em one of the most compelling of American autobiographies It is a fascinating record of Wharton s literary career of her friendships including a loving appreciation of Henry James as well as her thoughts on writing br br Another perspective is offered in Life and I an autobiographical fragment that shows a younger Wharton writing with great frankness about her early life It is published here for the first timeDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Novellas and Other Writings: Madame de Treymes / Ethan Frome / Summer / Old New York / The Mother’s Recompense / A Backward Glance books for multiple devices.