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The Hermit and Wild Woman, and Other Stories

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Title:The Hermit and Wild Woman, and Other Stories
Wharton, Edith   
(12 of 22 for author by title)
Human Nature
The Greater Inclination
Published:   1908
Publisher:Charles Scribner's Sons
Tags:fiction, short stories

A collection of six classic short stories from Edith Wharton, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence. Includes "The Last Asset," "In Trust," "The Pretext, "The Verdict," "The Pot-Boiler," and "The Best Man." In the title story, "The Hermit and the Wild Woman," the reader learns that the "hermit," as a young boy, witnessed the killing of his parents and sister during an attack on his town. As a result of his trauma, he has retreated into isolation—until he meets a "wild woman" who comes to live nearby. [Suggest a different description.]

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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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