Tuesday, February 25, 2003

"Dance Fever," by Kyle York Spencer
New York Magazine, February 24, 2003

The Contents page states:

"Four decades ago, the Quadrille Ball--awash in white gloves, hoop skirts, and eighteenth-century etiquette--was a place where the offspring of the well-to-do and well-connected met their mates. The new economy has made strange bedfellows: Now young professionals of every background from Park Avenue to Paramus don tiaras and tails (not to mention submit to a ten-week finishing school) to get a taste of the golden age of high society, if only for a night."

in the body of the article, Spencer writes about The Quadrille Ball:

"Once a hyper-exclusive event for the offspring of Gotham's well-to-do--including Rothschilds and Gimbels--the Quadrille is now a place where old money, new money, and not-all-that-much money merge...If this is Edith Wharton territory fast-forwarded 80 years, Lily Bart would have met a very different fate. In fact, she might have been recruited because the children of the true elite have gone clubbing" (p.42).

--Submitted by Deborah Hecht, hechtd@tourolaw.edu
An article on Lenox, Massachusetts in the New York Times includes a picture and description of The Mount, Wharton's house in the Berkshires. (free registration required to view the article)

Thursday, February 20, 2003

"Why Is Gangs of New York Nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar? "(Slate) [Jay] Cocks, who was nominated once before, for his adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, says the original screenplay nod is more satisfying. "As wonderful as the nomination was for Age of Innocence, it basically belonged to Mrs. Wharton."

Monday, February 17, 2003

Quotations by and about Edith Wharton

This new page is a space for sharing favorite or significant quotations from Wharton's works, other authors' perspectives on Edith Wharton, or "sightings" of Edith Wharton in the news. If you would like to add a quotation or "sighting" to this page, please use the form at http://www.edithwhartonsociety/quotationform.htm.

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I was reading manuscripts, and I took on manuscripts, without becoming the editor of the author. But the first real contact I had--and it had nothing to do with any real editorial job--was with Edith Wharton. It must have been shortly before she died. I was introduced to her, I think by Brownell, because he said, "Here, you two poets ought to get together." She had published several books of poems. She was most kind. Bristling in very stiff attire, she reminded me of a wasp--and a highly irritable one--but, as I said, she was very kind. --John Hall Wheelock, "From John Hall Wheelock's Oral Memoir" (DLB 2001, p. 223). [Donna Campbell]

Quotations from Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton on James Joyce's Ulysses

Here are some quotation sites that feature Edith Wharton's words:

Bartleby.com: Edith Wharton on the economic crash of 1929

A list of quotations from brainyquotes.com (commercial site with pop-up ads)

Achievement-oriented quotations from Cyber-nation

Edith Wharton in the News

"A House of Worth" Article on the restoration of The Mount (includes pictures).

"Historic Sites Targeted for Preservation." The Mount to be featured on HGTV. 10/12/02 (Note: This site has been set up so that you can't use the "back" button to return to this page.)

"Classic Books could be up for grabs in Hollywood." The Eldred-Ashcroft copyright case and its effects. 10/12/02