|Xingu, and other stories
|Charles Scribner's Sons
|fiction, short stories
As the title suggests, this is a collection of Edith Wharton's short stories. Overall this is an enjoyable collection of short stories that is worth reading as many of the stories showcase the human condition. "Xingu" is a laugh-out-loud story of a pompous book club. "Coming Home" tells the tale of a wounded French soldier returning to his home near the front. "Autres Temps" considers how times change yet we remain stuck in our times. "Kerfol" is an old-fashioned ghost story with a great last sentence. "The Long Run" tells of love lost, and "The Triumph of Night" is an odd story concerning premonitions of evil. "The Choice" leaves one pondering over the choice that was made, and "The Bunner Sisters" finished up the book with a sad tale of devotion [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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