Edith Wharton: A Biography Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lewis' biography of the American novelist takes her from her childhood among the social elite of New York to her household in Lennox, Mass and to her expatriation in France for much of her life.
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The book focuses on her unhappy marriage and eventual separation while still supporting her spendthrift husband, her relations with other men, her friendship with Henry James, and her medical work in the first World War. Lewis also spends a good deal of time talking about her novels as well.

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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