A Backward Glance. Edith Wharton. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of . In his Introduction, Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and lucid as in the best of her novels”.Written in , three years. Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her Louis Auchincloss calls the writing in A Backward Glance “as firm and crisp and.

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Beautifully depicted are her friendships with many of the most celebrated artists and writers of her day, including her close friend Henry James.

A backward glance – Edith Wharton – Google Books

Edith’s creativity and talent soon became obvious: How should I deal with reviews of my work? Guests descend, r and l, in dwindling importance. It was good enough to inspire me to do that, so I suppose that will have to do. And probably the regard of my parents for the niceties of speech was a part of their breeding. Backwwrd II Now I realize why the word “thwarted” came to mind: Whether that was reality for her or just a state of mind, to be able to put it in words; what glznce Jul 08, Kyle rated it really liked it.

The waiting would have been too bitter.

A Backward Glance: Edith Wharton’s Reflections on Her Writing Life

I opened the first notices of the book with trembling hands and a suffocated heart. It was not thought necessary to feed my literary ambitions with foolscap, and for lack of paper I was driven to begging for the wrappings of the parcels delivered at the house. But it was in Paris that I found the necessary formula. Her marriage at age 23 to Edward “Teddy” Wharton seemed to confirm her place in the conventional role of wealthy society woman, but she became increasingly dissatisfied with the “mundanities” of her marriage and turned to writing, which drew her into an intellectual community and strengthened her sense of self.

I will save that argument for another time, but I think it very much applies to Wharton. But it is her final two chapters “The War”; “And After” that touched me greatly.


This fact amuses me. However, this brings its own drawbacks.

A Backward Glance

A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton. Not a brother, not the famous novelist, but a dear friend.

More interesting than I might have expected, but only just. She wrote novels of manners whartton the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. I was a little confused by some of the criticism of this here on Goodreads.

I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest friendships of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence. Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, Wells makes a brief -as in one sentence – appearance.


Her chapters on her later life, at the Mount and then in Paris, her many friendships, and her experiences in the War are all interesting as well. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. There were exceptions to what saw as disposable. Writing, reading, the conversation of a circle of brilliant though fast-dwindling friends, travel, especially yachting the Aegean and motoring in far reaches given her identification with the French elite, I found it perfect that her exploration of Morocco was smoothed by none other than General Lyautey.

Edith Wharton is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve been waiting to read this autobiography since I saw all of the great reviews when it first came out. Strangely enough, this particular chapter gives a wonderful glimpse of James— the person.

His devouring imagination was never at rest, and the agony was more than he could bear. aa

Her eedith of her own life mirror the structures of her characters she wrote about. I thoroughly enjoyed this and now want to visit The Mount even more than before. Such is the essence of A Backward Glance. Dont misunderstand my irreverence. Too often these memories just amount to a list of people she knew or various anecdotes that were probably funny at the time but left me a little cold.

There is one whole chapter on Henry James which I have adored. She also continued to write, lying in her wdith every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. Due to an interest in things Italian, I purchased a paperback edition of this book long before I knew who Edith Wharton was.


Mar 27, Robyn rated it liked it Shelves: Her bbackward work, the immensely popular The House of Mirthwas a scathing criticism of her own “frivolous” New York society and its capacity to destroy her heroine, the beautiful Lily Bart.

Whether that was reality for her or just a state of mind, to be able to put it in w Edith Wharton If there is any part that lost my interest it was the extensive list of names she references with her English and French literary circles.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Perhaps it was better baxkward. As Wharton became more established as a successful writer, Teddy’s mental health declined and their marriage deteriorated.

Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton’s reputation as an important novelist. He also wonders that she didn’t talk about her husband but focused instead on her relationship with Sturgis – it’s like come on Auchincloss, really? Beautifully depicted are her friendships with many o Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, vividly reflects on her public and private life in this stunning memoir.

After the war, the world Wharton had known was gone. Jan 21, Hamish rated it liked it Shelves: In she left America altogether and settled in Paris, where she wrote some of her most memorable stories of harsh New England rural lifeEthan Frome and Summer as well as The Reefwhich is set in France. For the most part I absolutely loved Wharton’s autobiography. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today.