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Edith Wharton: Tales of Men and Ghosts

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Mysteries & Thrillers, Horror

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.‪ Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt. Tales of "Men and Ghosts" was published as a collection in 1910. Despite the title, the men outnumber the ghosts, since only "The Eyes" and "Afterward" actually call on the supernatural. In only two of the stories are women the central characters, though elsewhere they play important roles. Wharton enjoys subjecting her subjects - all of them American gentlemen and gentlewomen, in the conventional senses of the word - to various moral tests and sometimes ironic tests. Some of the stories deal with the intellectual fashions of the day...

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