Happy Birthday, Edith Wharton

by banksoftheohio@evpl on Thursday, January 24 2013, 9:36am. Viewed 1,189 times.

Today is the 151st birthday of the great American author Edith Wharton, admired as much now as she was during her lifetime for her wit, her brilliant social commentary, and her courage and determination to work as a writer in spite of the limited opportunities afforded to women of her elite upbringing during the Gilded Age.  You can find her best known works - The Age of Innocence (winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for fiction), Ethan Frome, The House of MirthThe Buccaneers - on our shelves in whatever format might suit your taste, from print to audiobook to ebook to movie.  Her autobiography and her short stories are here, too, including a compilation of the ghost stories that were so popular in her time.

On Valentine's Day we'll declare our fondness for Mrs. Wharton by discussing The House of Mirth, her first widely read, critically recognized novel. Published in 1905, it examines a beautiful young woman's struggle to secure her position in New York society's upper reaches and, at the same time, to discover her true self.  Please join us.

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

                                  Classics Book Discussion

                                  Thursday, February 14, 2013

                                  1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

                                  Central Library

                                  2nd Floor Conference Room

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