Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
Ammons, Elizabeth. Edith Wharton’s Argument with America. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980. Ammons proposes that Wharton’s “argument with America” concerns the freedom of women, an argument in which she had a key role during three decades of significant upheaval and change. This engaging book examines the evolution of Wharton’s point of view in her novels and discusses the effect of World War I on Wharton. Contains a notes section.
Bell, Millicent, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Essays on The Age of Innocence, Summer, The House of Mirth, The Fruit of the Tree, and The Valley of Decision, as well as on Wharton’s handling of manners and race. Bell gives a critical history of Wharton’s fiction in her introduction. Includes a chronology of Wharton’s life and publications and a bibliography.
Bendixen, Alfred, and Annette Zilversmit, eds. Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays. New York: Garland, 1992. Studies of The House of Mirth, The Fruit of the Tree, Summer, The Age of Innocence, Hudson River Bracketed, and The Gods Arrive, as well as on Wharton’s treatment of female sexuality, modernism, language, and gothic borrowings. There is an introduction...
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