Inventing the Real: "The Old Maid" and "The Real Thing"

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Feminist Press at CUNY, Jul 1, 2008 - Fiction - 128 pages
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Using shades of irony to capture moments of surprise and sadness, Edith Wharton and Henry James play with reality—in the work of a portrait artist and in the secret love of a “fallen” woman for her daughter.

The author of over forty books, Edith Wharton (1862–1937) won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence.

Henry James (1843–1916) wrote numerous stories, essays, plays, and novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors.

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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Henry James remains a preeminent author and literary critic.  While James was born in the United States in 1843, he spent most of his working life in England.  He is best known for the novels The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, and The Wings of the Dove.  James suffered a stroke in London on December 2, 1915 and died three months later. Born in 1862, american writer Edith Wharton published numerous works including The age of innocence, Ethan Fromme, and The House of Mirth.  Her writings are widely celebrated and earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 as well as an honorary degree from Yale in 1923.  Edith Wharton died of a stroke on august 11, 1937 in St.-Brice-sous-Foręt, France. Mary ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty, and Rockefeller fellowships.  She has served on many editorial boards and national committees.  in 2006 Caws published Surprised in Translation and Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Writing and Painting.

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