Madame De Treymes, And Three Novellas

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Fiction - 400 pages
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In addition to Edith Wharton’s Madame de Treymes, this eBook set includes three novellas: The Touchstone, Sanctuary, and Bunner Sisters—short works that are as rich in social satire as they are cunningly insightful.

Madame de Treymes, Edith Wharton's first publication after the highly successful The House of Mirth, is a captivating portrait of turn-of-the-century American and French culture. Inspired by Wharton's own entré into Parisian society in 1906 and reminiscent of the works of Henry James, it tells the story of two young innocents abroad: Fanny Frisbee of New York, unhappily married to the dissolute Marquis de Malrive, and John Durham, her childhood friend who arrives in Paris intent on convincing Fanny to divorce her husband and marry him instead.

A subtle investigation of the clash of cultures and the role of women in the social hierarchy, Madame de Treymes confirms Edith Wharton's position, as Edmund Wilson wrote, as "an historian of the American society of her time."

This edition of Madame de Treymes also includes three novellas: The Touchstone, Sanctuary, and Bunner Sisters. These short works are rich in the social satire and cunning insight that characterized Wharton's highly acclaimed novels The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth.
 

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Although it's only been 7 years since I read this book I have no recollection of any of the four stories within! I am sure the prose is as polished and brittle as any other Wharton but it will have to wait for a re-read... if it gets that lucky! Read full review

Contents

   Introduction   
THETOUCHSTONE
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   VIII   
MADAME DETREYMES
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SANCTUARY
PART I
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PART II
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BUNNERSISTERS
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   About the Author   
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Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, for The Age of Innocence. Born in 1862 into one of New York's older and richer families, she was educated here and abroad. Her works include Ethan Frome, The Reef, The Custom of the Country, The Glimpses of the Moon, and Roman Fever and Other Stories. As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.

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