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Edith Wharton was one of America's most popular and prolific writers, becoming the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921. In a publishing career spanning seven decades, Wharton lived and wrote through a period of tremendous social, cultural and historical change. Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides the first substantial text dedicated to the various contexts that frame Wharton's remarkable career. Each essay offers a clearly argued and lucid assessment of Wharton's work as it relates to seven key areas: life and works, critical receptions, book and publishing history, arts and aesthetics, social designs, time and place, and literary milieux. These sections provide a broad and accessible resource for students coming to Wharton for the first time while offering scholars new critical insights.

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Further Reading

Edith Wharton: Contextual Revisions

Goodman, S., Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857–1925 (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2011).
Haytock, J., Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Kassanoff, J., Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Orlando, E. J., Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007).
Rattray, L. (ed.), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton, 2 vols. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009).
Totten, G. (ed.), Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007).
Wagner-Martin, L., “Women Authors and the Roots of American Modernism” in R. P. Lamb and G. R. Thompson (eds.), A Companion to American Fiction,1865–1914 (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), 140–48.

Biography

Broughton, T. L. and L. R. Anderson (eds.), Women’s Lives/Women’s Times: New Essays on Auto/Biography (Albany: SUNY Press, 1997).
Goodman, S., Edith Wharton’s Women: Friends and Rivals (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1990).
Hawthorne, J.Edith Wharton’s Inner Circle (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1994).
Heilbrun, C. G., Writing a Woman’s Life (New York: Ballantine Books, 1989).
Marcus, L., Auto/biographical Discourses: Criticism, Theory, Practice (Manchester: ManchesterUniversity Press, 1994).
Preston, C., Edith Wharton’s Social Register (New York: St. Martin’s, 2000).
Wagner-Martin, L., Telling Women’s Lives: The New Biography (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994).
Williams, D. L., Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

Composition and Publication

Barbour, J. and T. Quirk (eds.), Biographies of Books: The Compositional Histories of Notable American Writings (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1996).
Charvat, W., The Profession of Authorship in America (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992).
Davidson, C. N., Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Baltimore, MA: The John Hopkins University Press, 1989).
Garrison, S. (ed.), Edith Wharton: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1990).
Vita-Finzi, P., Edith Wharton and the Art of Fiction (New York: St. Martin’s, 1990).
Wegener, F., Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996).
Williams, D. L., Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

Portraits of Wharton

Auchincloss, L., Edith Wharton: A Woman in Her Time (New York: Viking Press, 1971).
Bell, S. G. and M. Yalom (eds.), Revealing Lives: Autobiography, Biography, and Gender (Albany: SUNY Press, 1990).
Benstock, S., No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton (New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1994).
Dwight, E., Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994).
Lee, H., Edith Wharton (New York: Alfred Knopf, 2007).
Lewis, R. W. B., Edith Wharton: A Biography (New York: Harper & Row, 1975).
Proby, E.Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies (London and New York: Routledge, 1993).
Wolff, C. G., A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977).

Contemporary Reviews 1877–1938

Golden, C. J., Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003).
Kaestle, C.et al, Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991).
Killoran, H., The Critical Reception of Edith Wharton (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2001).
Lewis, R. W. B. and N. Lewis (eds.), The Letters of Edith Wharton (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1988).
Ramsden, G., Edith Wharton’s Library (Settrington: Stone Trough Books, 1999).
Totten, G. (ed.), Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007).
Tuttleton, J. W., K. O. Lauer, and M. P. Murray (eds.), Edith Wharton: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Wharton, E., The Writing of Fiction (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925).

Obituaries

Colquitt, C., “Bibliographic Essay: Visions and Revisions of Edith Wharton” in C. J. Singley (ed.), A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 248–80.
Fowler, B., The Obituary as Collective Memory (New York: Routledge, 2007).
Lauer, K. O. and M. P. Murray (eds.), Edith Wharton: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography (New York: Garland, 1990).
Starck, N., Life after Death: The Art of the Obituary (Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 2006).
Stone, D., “Edith Wharton Seen in Full,” Sewanee Review, 116.1 (2008), 149–55.
Tuttleton, J. W., K. O. Lauer, and M. P. Murray (eds.), Edith Wharton: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Vidal, G., “Of Writers and Class: In Praise of Edith Wharton,” The Atlantic Monthly, 241 (February 1978), 64–67.

Early Critical Responses

Bell, M., “Edith Wharton and Henry James: The Literary Relation,” PMLA, 74 (1959), 619–37.
Hawthorne, J.Lady into Author,” American Quarterly, 9 (1957), 295–315.
Brown, E. K., Edith Wharton: Étude Critique (Paris: E. Droz, 1935).
Lubbock, P., Portrait of Edith Wharton (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1947).
Lyde, M. J., Edith Wharton: Convention and Morality in the Work of a Novelist (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959).
Nevius, B., Edith Wharton: A Study of Her Fiction (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1953).
Ozick, C., “Justice (Again) to Edith Wharton,” Commentary (October 1976), 48–57.
Wilson, E., “Justice to Edith Wharton,” New Republic, 95 (29 June 1938), 209–13.

Modern Critical Receptions

Ammons, E., Edith Wharton’s Argument with America (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980).
Bell, M. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Colquitt, C., S. Goodman, and C. Waid (eds.), A Forward Glance: New Essays on Edith Wharton (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999).
Haytock, J., Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Kassanoff, J., Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Knights, P., The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Rattray, L. (ed.), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010).

Wharton and Her Editors

Charvat, W., The Profession of Authorship in America (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992).
Coultrap-McQuin, S., Doing Literary Business: American Women Writers in the 19th Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990).
Tebbel, J., Between Covers: The Rise and Transformation of Book Publishing in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987).
Towheed, S. (ed.), The Correspondence of Edith Wharton and Macmillan, 1901–1930 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
West III, J. L. W., American Authors and the Literary Marketplace since 1900 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988).
Williams, S. S., “Authors and Literary Authorship” in S. Casper, J. Groves, S. W. Nissenbaum, and M. Winship (eds.), History of the Book in America, Vol III: The Industrial Book, 1840–1880 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007), 90–116.
Wolfe, G. R., The House of Appleton (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1981).

Selling Wharton

Bell, M., “Lady into Author: Edith Wharton and the House of Scribner,” American Quarterly, 9 (1957), 295–315.
Glass, L., Authors Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, 1880–1980 (New York: New York University Press, 2004).
Holt, H., “The Commercialization of Literature,” The Atlantic Monthly, 96 (1905), 577–600.
Howells, W. D., “The Man of Letters as a Man of Business,” Scribner’s Magazine, 14 (1893), 429–45.
Madison, C., Irving to Irving: Author-Publisher Relations 1800–1974 (New York: R. R. Bowker Company, 1974).
Totten, G. (ed.), Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007).
West III, J. L. W., American Authors and the Literary Marketplace since 1900 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988).

Serialization

Altick, R. D., The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public 1800–1900, 2nd ed. (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998).
Lund, M., America’s Continuing Story: An Introduction to Serial Fiction, 1850–1900 (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1993).
McDonald, P. D., British Literary Culture and Publishing Practice, 1880–1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Okker, P., Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003).
Thornton, E., “Selling Edith Wharton: Illustration, Advertising, and Pictorial Review, 1924–1925,” Arizona Quarterly, 57.3 (2001), 29–59.
Turner, M. W., “‘Telling of my weekly doings’: The Material Culture of the Victorian Novel” in F. O’Gorman (ed.), A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 113–33.

Short Story Markets

Levy, A., The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
Matthews, B., The Philosophy of the Short Story (New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1901).
McMullen, B. S., “‘Don’t Cry – It Ain’t that Kind of a Story’: Wharton’s Business of Fiction, 1908–1912” in L. Rattray (ed.), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010), 43–58.
Mott, F. L., A History of American Magazines, Vol. III, 1865–1885; Vol. IV, 1885–1905 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1938, 1957).
Peterson, T., Magazines in the Twentieth Century (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1964).
Showalter, E. (ed.), Scribbling Women: Short Stories by 19th Century American Women (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997).

Stage Adaptations of Wharton’s Fiction

Akins, Z., The Old Maid: Dramatized from the Novel by Edith Wharton (New York: Appleton-Century, 1935).
Davis, O. and D. Davis, Ethan Frome: A Dramatization of Edith Wharton’s Novel (New York: Scribner’s, 1936).
McDowell, M. B., “Edith Wharton’s ‘The Old Maid’: Novella/Play/Film,” College Literature, 14:3 (Fall 1987), 246–62.
Rattray, L. (ed.), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton, Vol. 1: Plays (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009).
Wharton, E. and C. Fitch, The House of Mirth: The Play of the Novel, ed. G. Loney. (Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1981).
Wiggins, C. M., “Edith Wharton and the Theatre,” Diss. Case Western Reserve University, 1996.

Wharton’s Writings on Screen

Boswell, P. A., Edith Wharton on Film (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007).
Cahir, L. C. “Wharton and the Age of Film” in C. J. Singley (ed.), A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 211–28.
Marshall, S., “Edith Wharton on Film and Television: A History and Filmography,” Edith Wharton Review, 13.2 (April 1996), 15–26.
Mintz, S. and R. Roberts, Hollywood’s America: Twentieth-Century America Through Film (New York: Brandywine Press, 2001).
Musser, C., The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1990).
Scorsese, M. and J. Cocks, The Age of Innocence, A Portrait of the Film, ed. R. Standefer. (New York: Newmarket Press, 1993).

Visual Arts

Dwight, E., “Wharton and Art” in C. J. Singley (ed.), A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 181–210.
Holloway, D. and J. Beck (eds.), American Visual Cultures (London: Continuum, 2005).
Johnston, P. (ed.), Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006).
Killoran, H., Edith Wharton: Art and Allusion (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996).
Lynes, R., The Lively Audience: A Social History of the Visual and Performing Arts in America, 1890–1950 (New York: Harper & Row, 1985).
Orlando, E. J., Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007).
Zorzi, R. M., “Tiepolo, Henry James, and Edith Wharton,” Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33 (1998), 211–29.

Architecture

Benert, A., The Architectural Imagination of Edith Wharton: Gender Class and Power in the Progressive Era (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007).
Denenberg, T. A., Wallace Nutting and the Invention of Old America (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003).
Edwards, S. and J. Charley (eds.), Writing the Modern City: Literature, Architecture, Modernity (London: Routledge, 2011).
Lowe, D. G., Stanford White’s New York (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1999).
Sullivan, L. H., The Autobiography of an Idea (New York: American Institute of Architects, 1924).
Wilson, W. H., The City Beautiful Movement (Baltimore, MA: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989).
Wiseman, C., Twentieth Century American Architecture: The Buildings and their Makers (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000).

Interior and Garden Design

Calloway, S. and L. F. Orr (eds.), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900 (London: V & A Publishing, 2011).
Craig, T., Edith Wharton: A House Full of Rooms: Architecture, Interiors and Gardens (New York: The Monacelli Press, 1996).
Friedman, A. T., Woman and the Making of the Modern House: A Social and Architectural History (New York: Abrams, 1998).
Hellman, C., Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home (New York: Routledge, 2011).
Imbert, D., The Modernist Garden in France (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993).
Livingstone, K. and L. Parry (eds.), International Arts and Crafts (London: V & A Publishing, 2005).
Massey, A., Interior Design Since 1900, 3rd ed. (London: Thames & Hudson, 2008).
Waymark, J., Modern Garden Design: Innovation since 1900 (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003).

Images of Wharton

Balsan, C. V., The Glitter and the Gold (London: Heinemann, 1953).
Cunningham, P., Reforming Women’s Fashion, 1850–1920: Politics, Health, and Art (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2003).
Dwight, E., Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994).
Groseclose, B. and J. Wierich (eds.), Internationalizing the History of American Art: Views (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).
Halsey, F. W. (ed.), Women Authors of Our Day in Their Homes: Personal Descriptions and Interviews (New York: James Pott & Co., 1903).
Joslin, K., Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2009).
Showalter, E., A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (New York: Knopf, 2009).
Steele, V., Paris Fashion: A Cultural History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

The Marriage Market

Basch, N., Framing American Divorce: From the Revolutionary Generation to the Victorians (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999).
Dimock, W. C., “Debasing Exchange: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth,” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 100.5 (1985): 783–92.
Hartog, H., Man and Wife in America: A History (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2000).
Kingsland, F., Etiquette for All Occasions (New York: Doubleday, Page, and Company, 1901).
Knights, P., The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Montgomery, M. E., “Gilded Prostitution”: Status, Money, and Transatlantic Marriages, 1870–1914 (New York and London: Routledge, 1989).
Rattray, L. (ed.), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010).
Riley, G., Divorce: An American Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).
Rogers, A. A., Why American Marriages Fail and Other Papers (Boston and New York: Houghton, 1909).
Wershoven, C. J., The Female Intruder in the Novels of Edith Wharton (East Brunswick, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1982).

Leisured Lives

Beckert, S. and J. B. Rosenbaum, The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Elliott, M. H., This Was My Newport (Cambridge, MA: The Mythology Company, 1944).
Erenberg, L. A., Steppin’ Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture, 1890–1930 (University of Chicago Press, 1981).
Homberger, E. J., Mrs. Astor’s New York: Money and Social Power in a Gilded Age (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004).
Kasson, J. F., Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Hill and Wang, 1990).
Montgomery, M. E., Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton’s New York (New York: Routledge, 1998).
Van Rensselaer, M. K., The Social Ladder (London: Nash and Grayson, 1925).

Wharton and Gender

Ammons, E., Edith Wharton’s Argument with America (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980).
Chambers, D. L., Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton, From Silence to Speech (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Dyman, J., Lurking Feminism: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (New York: Peter Lang, 1996).
Goodman, S., Edith Wharton’s Women: Friends and Rivals (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1990).
Haytock, J., Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Holbrook, D., Edith Wharton and the Unsatisfactory Man (London: Vision Press, 1991).
Nettels, E., Language and Gender in American Fiction: Howells, James, Wharton and Cather (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1997).
Rattray, L. (ed.), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton, 2 vols. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009).
Wagner-Martin, L. and C. N. Davidson, The Oxford Book of Women’s Writing in the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).
Waid, C., Edith Wharton’s Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Race and Imperialism

Ammons, E., “Edith Wharton and the Issue of Race” in M. Bell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 68–86.
Foner, E. (ed.), The Anti-Imperialist Reader: A Documentary History of Anti-Imperialism in the United States, Vol. 2: The Literary Anti-Imperialists (New York: Holmes and Meier Publishers, 1986).
Kaplan, A. and D. Pease (eds.), Cultures of United States Imperialism (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993).
Kassanoff, J., Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Said, E., Orientalism (New York: Vintage Books, 1979).
Sundquist, E. J., To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993).
Wonham, H. B., “Edith Wharton’s Flamboyant Copy,” Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), 127–91.

Social Transitions

Cashman, S. D., America in the Gilded Age: From the Death of Lincoln to the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, 3rd ed. (New York: New York University Press, 1993).
Chambers, J. W., The Tyranny of Change: America in the Progressive Era, 1900–1917, ed. V. P. Carosso (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980).
Cohen, N., The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865–1914 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002).
Edwards, R., New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865–1905 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Frankel, N. and N. S. Dye, Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1991).
Goodman, S., “The Custom of the Country: Edith Wharton’s Conversation with the Atlantic Monthly” in L. Rattray (ed.), Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010), 15–29.
Gould, L. L., The Progressive Era (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1974).
Marcus, R. D., Grand Old Party: Political Structure in the Gilded Age, 1880–1896 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1971).

Wharton and France

Bellringer, A. W., “Edith Wharton’s Use of France,” The Yearbook of English Studies, 15, (1985), 109–24.
Berman, J., Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism, and the Politics of Community (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Blazek, W., “French Lessons: Edith Wharton’s War Propaganda,” Revue Française d’Études Américaines, 115 (March 2008), 10–22.
Green, N. L., “The Comparative Gaze: Travelers in France before the Era of Mass Tourism,” French Historical Studies, 25.3 (Summer 2002), 423–40.
Joslin, K. and A. Price (eds.), Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith Wharton in Europe (New York: Peter Lang, 1993).
Lesage, C., Edith Wharton en France (Paris: Editions des Equateurs, 2011).
Nowlin, M., “Edith Wharton’s Higher Provincialism: French Ways for Americans and the Ends of The Age of Innocence,” Journal of American Studies, 38.1 (2004), 89–108.
Singley, C. J., “Race, Culture, Nation: Edith Wharton and Ernest Renan,” Twentieth Century Literature, 49.1 (Spring 2003), 32–45.
Wegener, F., “‘Rabid Imperialist’: Edith Wharton and the Obligations of Empire in Modern American Fiction,” American Literature, 72.4 (December 2000), 783–812.
Wright, S. B., Edith Wharton’s Travel Writing: The Making of a Connoisseur (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997).

Wharton and Italy

Balestra, G., “‘Edith Wharton’s Italian Tale’: Language Exercise and Social Discourse” in C. Colquitt, S. Goodman, C. Waid (eds.), A Forward Glance: New Essays on Edith Wharton (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1999), 207–20.
Buzard, J., The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to ‘Culture’ (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
Joslin, K. and A. Price (eds.), Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith Wharton in Europe (New York: Peter Lang, 1993).
Mulvey, C., Anglo-American Landscapes: A Study of Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Travel Literature (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983).
Peel, R., Apart from Modernism: Edith Wharton, Politics and Fiction before World War 1 (London: Associated University Presses, 2005).
Salenius, S. (ed.), American Authors Reinventing Italy: The Writings of Exceptional Nineteenth Century Women (Padovo: Il Prato, 2009).
Wright, N., American Novelists in Italy: The Discoverers: Allston to James (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965).

Wharton and World War I

Fussell, P., The Great War and Modern Memory (London: Oxford University Press, 1975).
Higonnet, M., J. Jenson, S. Michel and M. C. Weitz (eds.), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987).
Higonnet, M. (ed.), Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I (USA: Penguin Plume, 1999).
Keegan, J., The First World War (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1999).
Olin-Ammentorp, J., Edith Wharton’s Writings from the Great War (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2004).
Price, A., The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War (New York: St. Martin’s, 1996).
Sherry, V. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Winter, J. M., The Experience of World War I (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).

The 1920s

Allen, F. L., Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s (New York: Harper & Row, 1931).
Benstock, S., Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900–1940 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986).
Collas, P. and E. Villedary, Edith Wharton’s French Riviera, trans. Susan Pickford (Italy: Flammarion, 2002).
Mellow, J. R., Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company (New York: Praeger, 1974).
Nash, R., The Nervous Generation: American Thought, 1917–1930 (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1970).
Pound, E., Make It New: Essays (London: Faber and Faber, 1934).
Rothschild, D. (ed.), Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Wharton and the Great Depression

Badger, A. J., The New Deal: Depression Years, 1933–40 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1989).
Garraty, J. A., The Great Depression: An Inquiry into the Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Worldwide Depression of the Nineteen-Thirties, as Seen by Contemporaries and in the Light of History (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986).
Hapke, L., Daughters of the Great Depression: Women, Work, and Fiction in the American 1930s (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995).
McElvaine, R. S., The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941 (New York: Times Books, 1961).
Pells, R., Radical Visions and American Dreams: Culture and Social Thought in the Depression Years (New York: Harper and Row, 1973).
Staub, M. E., Voices of Persuasion: Politics of Representation in 1930s America (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Wilson, E., The Thirties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period, ed. L. Edel (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1980).

Literary Influences

Bell, M., Edith Wharton and Henry James: The Story of Their Friendship (New York: G. Braziller, 1965).
Cassuto, L., C. V. Eby, and B. Reiss (eds.), The Cambridge History of the American Novel (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Goodman, S., Edith Wharton’s Inner Circle (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994).
Howe, I., “Introduction: The Achievement of Edith Wharton” in I. Howe (ed.), Edith Wharton: A Collection of Critical Essays (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1962), 1–18.
Killoran, H., Edith Wharton: Art and Allusion (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996).
Wegener, F., “‘Enthusiasm Guided by Acumen’: Edith Wharton as a Critical Writer,” Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996), 3–52.
Wharton, E., The Writing of Fiction (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925).

Wharton and the American Romantics

Bank, S., American Romanticism: A Shape for Fiction (New York: Putnam, 1969).
Cahir, L. C., Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999).
Gilmore, M. T., American Romanticism and the Marketplace (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985).
Goodman, R. B., American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Hoffman, M. J., The Subversive Vision: American Romanticism in Literature (Port Washington, NY: Kennicat Press, 1972).
Hurley, J. A., American Romanticism (San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 2000).
Shaffer-Koros, C., “Edgar Allan Poe and Edith Wharton: A Case of Mrs. Mowatt,” Edith Wharton Review, 17 (2001), 12–16.

The Novel of Manners

Bentley, N., The Ethnography of Manners: Hawthorne, James and Wharton (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Claridge, L., Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners (New York: Random House, 2008).
Goodman, S., Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, 1880–1940 (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2003).
Kasson, J. F., Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Hill and Wang, 1990).
Lindberg, G., Edith Wharton and the Novel of Manners (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975).
Lyde, M. J., Edith Wharton: Convention and Morality in the Work of a Novelist (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959).
Milne, G., The Sense of Society: A History of the American Novel of Manners (Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1977).

Naturalism

Bender, B., The Descent of Love: Darwin and the Theory of Sexual Selection in American Fiction, 1871–1926 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).
Campbell, D. M., “The ‘Bitter Taste’ of Naturalism: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and David Graham Phillips’s Susan Lenox” in M. E. Papke (ed.), Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003), 237–59.
Fleissner, J. L., “The Biological Clock: Edith Wharton, Naturalism, and the Temporality of Womanhood,” American Literature 78.3 (2006), 519–48.
Newlin, K. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Pizer, D., “American Naturalism in Its ‘Perfected’ State: The Age of Innocence and An American Tragedy” in A. Bendixen and A. Zilversmit (eds.), Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays (New York: Garland, 1992), 127–41.
Hawthorne, J.The Naturalism of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth,” Twentieth Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal, 41.2 (1995), 241–48.
Saltz, L., “‘The Vision-Building Faculty’: Naturalistic Vision in The House of Mirth,” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, 57.1 (2011), 17–46.

Modernism

Benstock, S., Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900–1940 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986).
Campbell, D., “Edith Wharton’s ‘Book of the Grotesque’: Sherwood Anderson, Modernism, and the Late Stories,” Edith Wharton Review, 26.2 (2010), 1–5.
DeKoven, M., Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991).
Hadley, K. M., In the Interstices of the Tale: Edith Wharton’s Narrative Strategies (New York: Peter Lang, 1993).
Haytock, J., Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism (New York: Palgrave, 2008).
Kalaidjian, W., The Cambridge Companion to American Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Strychacz, T., Modernism, Mass Culture, and Professionalism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
Turner, C., Marketing Modernism Between the Two World Wars (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003).
Wagner-Martin, L., “Women Authors and the Roots of American Modernism” in R. P. Lamb and G. R. Thompson (eds.), A Companion to American Fiction, 1865–1914 (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), 140–48.