Edith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', foreign and poor would overwhelm a native American elite. Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and all of Wharton's novels, Jennie A. Kassanoff argues that a more accurate picture of her appreciation of American culture and democracy develops through less engagement with these controversial views. She pursues her theme by documenting Wharton's spirited participation in turn-of-the-century discourses ranging from euthanasia and tourism to pragmatism and Native Americans.
Author: Jennie A. Kassanoff Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 02/01/2008 Pages: 240 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.79lbs Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.55d ISBN: 9780521051033
About the Author Kassanoff, Jennie A.: - Jennie A. Kassanoff is Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College in New York. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly and PMLA.