Monday, July 25, 2011

Ethan Frome and "Pauline Drayton"

From the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers post on the gift book:

Edith Wharton's love‑triangle in ETHAN FROME is dimly fore‑shadowed by a love‑triangle in `Pauline Drayton,' a story in THE IRIS for 1852.

Lev Raphael in the Huffington Post
Years ago a novelist friend told me that the only thing worse than not being published was being published. I liked the phrase so much I later made it the epigram of my second mystery, The Edith Wharton Murders. But at the time, I had no idea what he could mean. Once you got published, what could you have to worry about? Wouldn't life be perfect?

That was before I had my first wrangle with a copyeditor.