Edith Wharton Abroad: Selected Travel Writings, 1888-1920

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A collection of excerpts from Edith Wharton's seven works of travel covers three decades before, during, and after World War I, revealing the undiscovered byways of Europe, Morocco, and the Mediterranean through the eyes of a knowledgeable, imaginative observer.

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Edith Wharton was one who gave leisure and education a good name. Writing lucidly, charmingly, and intelligently of cruising the Greek isles, staying in Italian villas, and visiting a sultan's palace in Morocco, she sets a civilized pace and tone. In Italian Backgrounds, Wharton asks, "Is it, in short, ever well to be elsewhere when one might be in Italy?" To which I reply, is it ever well to be reading someone else when one might be reading Edith Wharton?

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Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was one of America's greatest writers. The author of more than forty books, including The Age of Innocence, Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University, and full membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Wharton was the principal designer of her 1902 country home The Mount in Lenox, Mass. The Mount's elegant house and gardens reflect the neoclassical design principles that she espoused in her works The Decoration of Houses and Italian Villas and Their Gardens.

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