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Old New York (1924)

– tekijä: Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton (1862-1937), the grande dame of American literature, was also a subtle and spirited critic of its society. These novellas, set in the New York of the mid-1800s are united by Edith Wharton's compassionate and ironic vision. From Lewis Raycie, son of complacent plutocrats, who returns from his Grand Tour with Renaissance masterpieces only to be ridiculed and disinherited, to Lizzie Hazeldean, seen leaving a hotel with a man who is not her husband - honourable but unconventional people are sacrificed to the constraints of a society where appearances count for more than genuine goodness. Here is a fascinating insight into the world from which Edith Wharton came.… (lisätietoja)
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Old New York is a collection of four novellas, each set in a different decade (1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s). Each in its way explores issues of morality in American society. In False Dawn, a young man acquires an art collection while on his Grand Tour of Europe, but fails to impress his pompous father. The Old Maid concerns two cousins and the child the two women raise together. The Spark focuses on one man as observed by a much younger man. And finally, New Year's Day deals with the repercussions of an extramarital affair.

As Marilyn French writes in her introduction to the Virago Modern Classics edition of this book, "the work as a whole suggests the changes in manners that occurred in that forty-year period," with particular focus on the wealthier layers of society and their relentless focus on keeping up appearances and social status. Although I especially liked The Old Maid, the others were just okay. Understanding the unifying theme of these stories made the difference in my ability to enjoy the book.

I've enjoyed Edith Wharton's full-length novels more, but for those interested in reading pretty much everything she's written (that would be me), it's solid. ( )
2 ääni lauralkeet | May 27, 2015 |
It was a treat to discover, and read, Old New York by Edith Wharton -- it's been many years since the last time I've read Wharton (and I've read most of her works). Consisting of four novellas, set in "old" New York between the 1840s and 1860s (Wharton published this in 1924), is a good reminder of how keen of an eye Wharton has on human character and the foibles of rigid social castes at the time. I'm very glad to add this to the Wharton section of my library, and when it comes out of storage, am eager to re-read (over time) her other works.

However, to a first-time reader of Wharton, I would recommend to first read one of her full-length novels -- my favorites are The Custom of the Country and The Age of Innocence. ( )
1 ääni ValerieAndBooks | Apr 13, 2015 |
Old New York is a collection of four novellas set in 19th century New York in the 1840s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, which reveal varying sides of upper class New York society at the time. Each of the four novellas digs deep below the surface of society. False Dawn chronicles the relationship between a father and son, the latter of whom goes off to Europe on a Grand Tour and brings home “unsuitable” artwork; in The Old Maid, a young woman’s daughter is adopted by her cousin; The Spark, the shortest of the four, is about a young man’s encounter with Walt Whitman during the Civil War; and the last, New Year’s Day, is about a young woman’s alleged adulterous affair.

Edith Wharton is skilled at describing people and her motivations; she’s especially adept at seeing the way her characters really are. There’s no “real” link between these stories, but the overarching theme of all of them, as with her novels, is the class system, and how these characters fit—or don’t fit—into that system. The stories also focus heavily on women’s roles in society: expectations versus reality, as well as familial relationships. By far the best of the four stories was The Old Maid; it’s much longer and the characters are much more well rounded. The weakest story in the collection is The Spark; Wharton had a good idea, but she didn’t explore it fully enough.

Edith Wharton has a habit of including recurring characters in her short stories; Mrs Manson Mingott, Sillerton Jackson, Mrs. Struthers, and Henry Vander Luyden from The Age of Innocence appear here as well. Although I didn’t think this collection of stories was particularly even, I did enjoy it. ( )
2 ääni Kasthu | Mar 2, 2013 |
In these four novelettes of Edith Wharton we see the inner struggles of characters who are bound by unwritten and rigid codes of conduct prevalent in New York society in the late 19th century. The selec tion of novelettes includes one from the 1840s, the 1850s, the 1860s and the 1870s. Wonderful character development as we watch how the mores play out in individual lives over the course of time. ( )
  seoulful | Feb 5, 2013 |
Wharton, one of America's best authors. This book contains 4 novellas that show Wharton at her best - writing about the social life of Old New York in the 1840 - 1890. She does a brilliant job of capturing the personalities of her characters, even the walkons. I loved it. The only reason I gave it an 4 rather than a 5 is that one of the novellas didn't "spark" me. ( )
  MarysGirl | Sep 7, 2010 |
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Hay, verbena and mignonette scented the languid July day. (False Dawn)
In the old New York of the 'fifties a few families ruled, in simplicity and affluence. (The Old Maid)
"You idiot!" said his wife, and threw down her cards. (The Spark)
"She was bad...always. They used to meet at the Fifth Avenue Hotel," said my mother, as if the scene of the offence added to the guilt of the couple who past she was revealing. (New Year's Day)
Old New York is a set of four short novels treating the untitled aristocracy of New York in the nineteenth century. (Introduction)
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Edith Wharton (1862-1937), the grande dame of American literature, was also a subtle and spirited critic of its society. These novellas, set in the New York of the mid-1800s are united by Edith Wharton's compassionate and ironic vision. From Lewis Raycie, son of complacent plutocrats, who returns from his Grand Tour with Renaissance masterpieces only to be ridiculed and disinherited, to Lizzie Hazeldean, seen leaving a hotel with a man who is not her husband - honourable but unconventional people are sacrificed to the constraints of a society where appearances count for more than genuine goodness. Here is a fascinating insight into the world from which Edith Wharton came.

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