Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith WhartonThese short works display Whartons talent as a satirist skilled at dissecting the elements of emotional subtleties, moral ambiguities, and the implications of social constrictions (Cythina Griffin Wolfe, from the Introduction).
Roman fever (1934)
The other two (1904)
Souls belated (1899)
The angel at the grave (1901)
The last asset (1904)
After Holbein (1928)
Autres temps (1911)
Roman Fever and Other Stories Study Guide
While Edith Wharton is primarily known for her novels about turn-of-the-century New York high society, she also wrote dozens of short stories that are just as astute and lyrical. In these brief pieces of fiction, Wharton contemplates the tension between private life and and public society, gender roles, cultural changes, and the inherent hypocrisy in New York high society. Her first collection of short stories, The Greater Inclination , was published in , a year after she suffered a nervous breakdown. Critics and scholars have compared her work to that of other American short story luminaries like Edgar Allen Poe and Herman Melville. Wharton often used her life experiences as inspiration for her stories. Her love affair with William Morton Fullerton supposedly formed the foundation for "The Other Two," which is about remarriage and divorce.
From her photograph of erotic love and illegitimacy within the identify tale to her exploration of the aftermath of divorce unique in "Souls Belated" and "The final Asset," Wharton indicates her traditional ability "in dissecting the weather of emotional subtleties, ethical ambiguities, and the results of social restrictions," as Cynthia Griffin Wolff writes in her advent. Roman Fever and different Stories is a shockingly modern quantity of news by way of one in every of our such a lot enduring writers. Show sample text content. A legend had by way of this time crystallized in regards to the nice Orestes, and it was once of extra rapid curiosity to the general public to listen to what model of tea he drank, and no matter if he took off his boots within the corridor, than to evoke the drowsy echo of his dialectic. He had now not regularly been definite that she would depart him this replacement. She had a manner of related to humans in her issues with out their being conscious of it; and Garnett had pictured himself in holes so tight that there will not be room for a wriggle. Newell and her husband, and it was once.
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