ONLINE CLASS: Edith Wharton's New York Novels (2103) - SOLD OUT

Seven Tuesdays: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Price: 
$170 (10% off for members)

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One hundred years ago, Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, awarded for her novel The Age of Innocence. Let’s read it together, along with her other New York novels: The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country. Together these three novels record the breakdown and decline of an aristocracy lost, for better and for worse, as nineteenth century tradition gave way to twentieth century modernity. Sometimes underestimated as a mere lady-writer representing the old hide-bound elite into which she was born, Wharton was driven, opinionated, passionate and prickly. If you haven’t picked up her work in a while, you’ll find her novels a surprisingly fun read. Satiric and often snarky, they portray unsparingly — and a little wistfully — a social order that snares and ruins her characters.

A highlight of this course will be the participation of literary scholar Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She’ll join us for the class discussion of her essay on the Trump-like qualities of one of Wharton’s characters. In addition to that essay, we’ll dip into critical responses of writers from Henry James to Janet Malcolm to Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The class meets every other Tuesday evening, allowing two weeks to read an average of 150 pages. Discussion will be easiest if we all use the same book, in this case, the Penguin Classics editions.

Seven Tuesdays: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Online Class.

Required Texts:

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (Penguin Classics Edition)

The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton (Penguin Classics Edition)

The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton (Penguin Classics Edition)

Helen Hooper, a fiction writer, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has published stories in American Short FictionThe CommonThe Hopkins ReviewBellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She was MacDowell Colony fellow, a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor fellow and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Johns Hopkins. She has taught literature and creative writing at Stanford and other universities and at the middle and high school levels. She is now writing a novel.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Age of Innocence Cover Image
By Edith Wharton, Elif Batuman (Foreword by), Sarah Blackwood (Introduction by), Laura Dluzynski Quinn (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140189704
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 1996

The House of Mirth Cover Image
By Edith Wharton, Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Introduction by), Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140187298
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics - May 1st, 1993

The Custom of the Country Cover Image
By Edith Wharton, Linda Wagner-Martin (Editor), Linda Wagner-Martin (Introduction by), Linda Wagner-Martin (Notes by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143039709
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics - May 30th, 2006