|Title:||Artemis to Actæon, and other Verse|
|Publisher:||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|Tags:||fiction, poetry, women writers, didactic poetry, English poetry, physicians|
A collection of twenty four poems from one of the best writers of prose from her generation, famous for novels such as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, who proves here that she was a fine writer of verse also.
As the title suggests, many of the poems draw on classical antiquity, be it lyrical re-imaginings about or based on mythic figures (Actaeon, Marsyas in 'Life', 'Orpheus'), or elsewhere merely drawing on that vast pool of allusions.
Other themes include time, love and loss ('The Mortal Lease', 'A Meeting', 'Grief','A Grave'), as well as short pieces paying homage to some of the sights of her adopted Europe ('Chartres', 'The Tomb of Ilaria Giungi').
A couple of longish works celebrate the life and works of two pioneers: Margaret Of Cortona', patron saint of those needing help; and Vesalius ('Vesalius in Zarate'), the 16th century anatomist who conducted amongst the first dissections of the human body. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Wharton, Edith
Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones; January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt.
The Age of Innocence (1920) won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making Wharton the first woman to win the award. The three fiction judges—literary critic Stuart Pratt Sherman, literature professor Robert Morss Lovett, and novelist Hamlin Garland—voted to give the prize to Sinclair Lewis for his satire Main Street, but Columbia University’s advisory board, led by conservative university president Nicholas Murray Butler, overturned their decision and awarded the prize to The Age of Innocence.
Many of Wharton's novels are characterized by a subtle use of dramatic irony. Having grown up in upper-class, late-nineteenth-century society, Wharton became one of its most astute critics, in such works as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.--Wikipedia.
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