Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is a central figure in American
literature, a masterful chronicler of her age and prolific writer
in many modes. Her major works include The House of Mirth
(1905), Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country
(1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she
received the Pulitzer Prize, the first awarded to a woman.
Maureen Howard, the editor of this volume, is the author of numerous novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was awarded the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
"Wharton's examinations of upper-class New York society were
rendered in effortless prose so subtle that many readers missed the
depth and breadth of her art. These two collections of short
fiction belong on the shelves of anyone who loves literature."
-Dallas Morning News
"A splendid and satisfying publication, and a landmark in the history of Edith Wharton's ever-shifting reputation." -New York Review of Books