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Edith Wharton 1862 - 1937
False Dawn
New Years Day 1924
The House of Mirth ~ Synopsis: Published in 1905, Edith Wharton's first novel, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, navigates the murky waters of class-bound courtship and marriage in turn-of-the-century upper-crust Manhattan. Ironic, sharp, and tragic, the novel follows beautiful, orphaned Lily Bart in her search for a rich husband--the only route open to her if she is to survive in a ruthlessly materialistic world. Mercilessly, Wharton exposes the cruelty and indifference of a society in which such a woman has no role except to be exploited and looked down upon. Nor does she neglect to expose the vanity and delusions of poor Lily herself--qualities that undermine her considerable intelligence and charm. As always, Wharton is writing about a world she knows first-hand, and one in which she suffered her own trials. The complex and poignant tale of Lily Bart is one of her most popular and successful novels
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The Old Maid
The Spark
House of MirthHouse of Mirth Postcard ~  1910

Gutenberg Online Editions
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, October 1908 First Edition.  Having 201 pages, illustrated with numerous photographs taken during a splendid motor car journey through France. The romance  of travel is captured here by Wharton as she travels around in Gaelic history, from Rouen to Nimes to Soissons. As a wealthy New Yorker, in a day when most people could not afford such journeys (pre-WWI) Ms. Wharton set out by automobile with her husband, and friend Henry James to tour the French countryside. While perhaps more common place today, visualize a time when the countryside was once traveled primarily by train, and to reach those out of the way places normally accessible only by wagon or oxcart made for some rather exciting adventures. Containing visits the home of Madam Dudevant (George Sand) as well as a numerous churches and other classic buildings of historic interest. A trip to a lost era, with so much of the French countryside now altered, many of the older places entirely wiped away from the landscape.

Text from the USPS Commemorative Panel for the 1980 Edith Wharton Commemorative Stamp Issue 
She was, by her own admission, of a different America than she would have chosen. And yet, while Edith Wharton continually lamented her misfortune at entering the world in 1862, the beneficiaries of her literature -- both there and now -- are all the richer for it. A unique story-teller, incisive social critic and historian, she wrote passionately, pessimistically and painfully of what she believed to be the social disintegration of her beloved New York. Her literary works are intimate portraits of a society which reared her in the old tradition and mores of a different age and then later abandoned them itself.  With novels such as House of Mirth (1905), The Fruit of the Tree (1907) and The Custom of the Country (1913) she trumpeted her rebellion against such hypocrisy and against those who had stolen the virtue of "the old America" she longed for. She had lived, she felt, to see disappear "the formulative value of nearly 300 years of social observance; concerted living up to long-established standards of honor and conduct of education and manners." But as much as Mrs. Wharton abhorred  the intrusion of the "predatory new rich" into her world she was, by accident of birth, born to a family that embraced money, postion and the trappings of wealth. Of her early years she wrote, "When I was young it used to seem to me that the group in which I grew up was like an empty vessel into which no new wine would ever again be poured." Writing became her only outlet and her instrument for revenge. A student of Henry James, she won critical acclaim on both Continents for her satirical expenses on the pretentiousness and vacuity of New York's changing aristocracy.
Testifying to the remarkable scope of Edith Wharton's creative talents, the novel which won her acclaim as the "Jane Austin of America" dealt with the trials and tribulations of the suffering poor in a Massachusetts milltown. Namely Ethane Frome
In 1920, Edith Wharton reached the peak of her career, winning a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence. Honoring Mrs. Wharton is the second stamp in the Literary Series, issued on September 5, 1980. The stamp was designed by Bradbury Thompson of Riverside, Connecticut, who based it on a photograph of Mrs. Wharton taken at Christmas, 1905. The steel line engraving of the State Seal of New York was provided by the National Bank note Company. The allegorical figure was used by the American Bank note Securities Corporation in 1923 and also by the Banco International de Costa Rica that same year. The farm scene engraving is from the Franklin Engraving and Printing Company.

Edith Wharton: Over the past twenty years, the resurgence of interest in Edith Whartons career has restored to print most of her fiction, travel books, and writings on architecture and gardens. Yet her numerous exercises in literary criticism have remained almost entirely overlooked. Whartons scattered reviews, essays, forewords, and introductions have never before been collected in a single volume. This authoritative edition (including some newly discovered texts) makes an exceptional contribution not only to the ongoing "Wharton revival" but also to the study of American literature, of literary criticism, and of women as writers of criticism. "In this fascinating collection of Whartons critical prose, Wegener demonstrates that Wharton was a far better critic than she realized, and one only regrets, after reading these works, that she was not more prolific in that arena. Wegeners introduction to this collection benefits from being scholarly, readable and cogent." --Publishers Weekly "An impressive collection of individual gems as well as confirming evidence of an impressive critical intelligence. Mr. Wegener has done us all a great service." --James W. Tuttleton, coeditor of Edith Wharton: The Contemporary Reviews "Frederick Wegener's introduction is, in itself, a substantial contribution to Wharton scholarship: it serves as a well-focused lens for viewing the essays he has edited so meticulously." --Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Edith Wharton Review
The widespread resurgence of interest in Edith Wharton's career over the past twenty years has restored to print most of her fiction, travel books, and writings on architecture, gardening and interior decoration. Yet one significant and substantial portion of her accomplishment has remained largely overlooked: Wharton's numerous exercises in literary criticism. Constituting an unusually little-known body of work by an otherwise preeminent American writer, Wharton's many scattered reviews and essays, literary eulogies, and forewords and introductions (to her own works, and to works of others) have never before been collected in a single volume. Covering works of various literary traditions, including eloquent general considerations of fiction and criticism, and embracing novels, volumes of lyric and dramatic verse, and works by other critics of literature, art, and architecture, these critical writings demonstrate the extraordinary range of Wharton's critical interests and intelligence. A searching and comprehensive introductory essay places her critical prose in the context of Wharton's career as a whole, and draws on a wealth of unpublished materials in exploring the uncertainties and inhibitions against which she had to struggle in order to express herself as a critic at all. Assembling her miscellaneous critical writings (including some newly discovered texts), this authoritative edition makes an exceptional contribution not only to the ongoing "Wharton revival" but also to the study of American literature, of literary criticism, and of women as writer's of criticism.

Industry reviews 
"By the side of the absolute mastery of plot, character and style displayed in her latest novel, 'The House of Mirth' seems almost crude. Edith Wharton is a writer who brings glory on the name America, and this is her best book. It is one of the best novels of the twentieth century and looks like a permanent addition to literature." New York Times - L. Phelps (10/20/1920)

"For Edith Wharton...there was no genuine and honorable and emotionally fulfilling alternative to the social order...To defy the social ethic was to disturb the foundation of society...But only an imagination that could feel the enormous temptation to do so--had felt it deeply, perhaps, in her own passional life--...could write as compelling an account of both the lure and the danger as 'The Age of Innocence'." R. W. B. Lewis 

"There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as 'major'--and Edith Wharton is one." Gore Vidal 

"Wegener provides not only an invaluable compilation of Wharton's uncollected critical writings but also a sound and thoroughly informed overview of Wharton's critical achievement."Publisher's catalogue - R. W. B. Lewis 

"Her essays are of interest chiefly because they enact the intellectual and cultural adventures of a woman of letters, disciplined perceiver of architecture, gardens and interior decoration, and reader of solid books in science and philosophy as well as belles-lettres....[T]hey disclose a novelist who...clung to...'final values' and traditional ways....[T]he critical essay wasn't the happiest medium for her playful severities." New Republic - Daniel Aaron (01/20/1997)

"THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, beneath its fine surface, holds an abyss--the abyss of time, and the tragedy of human transience."

"Some of these pieces admirably display Wharton's high cultural standards, incisive critical eye, and conservative literary tastes, but many are works only the most devoted Whartonian would need to read." Asimow 

Colonel Homer W. Wheeler
The Frontier Trail: A Personal Narrative by Col. Homer W. Wheeler: Famous Frontiersman ~ 1923 ~ Los Angeles Times-Mirror Press  ~ 334 pages ~ An Authentic Narrative of 43 Years in the Old West as Cattleman, Indiand Fighter & Army Officer/Introduction by Major General James Harbord, Ass. Chief of Staff ~ Illus. with 15 plates, most from photographs, 1 from painting by Charles M. Russell, 1 from painting by E.W. Deming
Cited by ERB as reference material for his Apache novels

Buffalo Days: The Personal Narrative of a Cattleman, Indian Fighter & Army Officer ~ 1925 ~ :Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 369 pages ~ Reprinted by Nebraska University Press

According to Colonel Homer W. Wheeler, an officer who fought with the United States' Fifth and Eleventh Cavalry for 35 years and who lived to write about his expeditions out West, "Millions of Buffalo were slaughtered for the hides and meat, principally for the hide. Some of the expert hunters made considerable money at that occupation. . . . "Buffalo hunting was dangerous sport. Although at times it looked like murder, if you took a buffalo in his native element he had plenty of courage and would fight tenaciously for His life if given an opportunity. Like all other animals, the buffalo scented danger at a distance and tried to escape by running away, but if he did not escape he would make a stand and fight to the last, for which every one must respect him. Some of the habits of the Buffalo herds are clearly fixed in my memory. The bulls were always found on the outer edge, supposedly acting as protectors to the cows and calves. For ten to twenty miles one would often see solid herds of the animals. Until the hunters commenced to kill them off, their only enemies were the wolves and coyotes. A medium-sized herd, at that time, dotted the prairie for hundreds of miles, and to guess at the number in a herd was like trying to compute the grains of wheat in a granary. "The stupidity of the buffalo was remarkable. When one of their number was killed the rest of the herd, smelling the blood, would become excited, but instead of stampeding would gather around the dead buffalo, pawing, bellowing and hooking it viciously. Taking advantage of this well-known habit of the creature, the hunter would kill one animal and then wipe out almost the entire herd." (Buffalo Days, pp 80-82.)
Edward Lucas White  1866 - 1934
Andivius Hedulio: Adventures of a Roman Nobleman in the Days of the Empire ~ 1921 ~ E.P. Dutton & Co.
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The Unwilling Vestal: A Tale of Rome Under the Caesars 
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Edward Lucas White .1866 -.1934: An American historical novelist.
Walter Grainge White
The Sea Gypsies Of Malaya: An Account Of The Nomadic Mawken People Of The Mergui Archipelago, With A Description Of Their Ways Of Living, Customs, Habits, Boats, Occupations ~ 1922 ~
This book is considered a classic amongst the sparse Moken ethnographic literature. The author was a man with an inquiring mind, full of curiosity, who wished to go beyond the limits of his missionary tasks and relate the story of his personal life. The book's most important merit was to reveal the life of the Moken at the beginning of the century. it sums up the author's fieldwork observations dating from 1911. He writes about the administrative and political structure of Tenasserim (he was responsible for the population census of the Moken), which was the first part of Burma to be surrendered to the British after the Anglo-Burmese war of 1824-1826. His book enables us, on the one hand, to become aware of the nature, fauna and flora of this region, and on the other, the human intrigues involving the English, Indians, Karen, Mons, Malays, Burmese and, of course, the Moken. We become vividly aware, though his writings, of contemporary western arrogance and the developing phenomenon of colonial administration and the ways in which it exploited indigenous wealth. The missionaries, administration, cartographers, geo-graphers and the military were able, long before the ethnologists, to engage in all kinds of work which attracts the interest of present investigators: reports, mapping, census, dictionaries. These are precious instruments for observers of small, non-literate societies.
Owen P. White
Them Was the Days: From El Paso to Prohibition ~ 1925 Minton, Balch & Co., 248 pp
Contents: The Southwest in Literature; Shafter; Trails; Cattle Kings: Old and New; Cattle Rustlers; The Psychology of Gun-Men; The Texas Ranger; Give-a-Damn Jones; How New York Came to El Paso; Golf, or the Upward Descent of Man; El Paso: The Original Hollywood; What'll It Be, Gentlemen?; My Friends, the Mexicans; and Juarez.
Mrs. Annie R. White
Easy Steps for Little Feet: From Genesis to Revelation ~ 1914
???A Fascinating Account of the Wonderful People and of the Events of the Old and New Testament including The lives of the Prophets, of the Rulers,of the Remarkable Women and Children Recorded in the Scriptures. These have been especially written for Home and Fireside Reading Stories. Loving stories of old and New Testaments including the Beautiful Story of Jesus and His Disciples. All Prepared in Pleasant Narrative for the Purpose of Promoting Religious Reading in the Home by John Williamson Tyler. Profuesely Illustrated with Engravings and Photographic Reproductions of the Worlds Greatest Paintings. Detailed Preface. A full listing of contents. 468 Pages. There are 210 Illustrations.
Grace Miller White
The Secret of the Storm Country
Film Adaptation:
Norma Talmadge Connection

Part of a romance series consisting of at least five titles written in the early years of the 20th Century. Titles include Tess of the Storm Country, Secret of the Storm Country, Judy of Rogues' Harbor, From the Valley of the Missing and Rose O'Paradise.
Tess of the Storm Country ~ 1909 


J. J. White
Funabout Fords 1915 ~ The Howell Co
"A party driving in a large eight cylinder car pulled up behind another machine. One of the ladies in the party, almost suffocated with dust, said: "For heavenís sake, why donít you pass that car?"
"Oh, whatís the use; thatís a Ford, and there are hundreds of them ahead of us."  "You seem to be late this morning." "Yes, I was coming through the park this morning in my Ford and when I wasnít looking a squirrel sneaked up and chewed the nuts off of my car!"
There could probably be no greater gift to us as Model T fans this year than a Model T sooooo Ö.. "A thrifty housewife saved all of her empty cans and after a quantity had accumulated, shipped them to Detroit. After a few weeks she was delighted to receive the following letter: "Dear Madam: In accordance with your instructions we have made up and are shipping you today one Ford. We are also returning eight cans which were left over."
 "You seem to be late this morning." "Yes, I was coming through the park this morning in my Ford and when I wasnít looking a squirrel sneaked up and chewed the nuts off of my car!"
(Funabout Fords, by J.J. White, Chicago, The Howell Company, 1915)
Casper Whitney
Jungle Trails and Jungle People:  travel, adventure and observation in the Far East ~ NY: C. Scribner's Sons also NY: Harper & Bros. ~ 310 pp., illustrated. [also listed in WorldCat as New York, NY: Harper & Bros.; xv, 310 p., illustrated] (NY, Harper, 1922) 

On Snowshoes to the Barren Grounds: Twenty-eight Hundred Miles After Musk-oxen and Wood Bison: NY: Harper 1896 pages 59-60 

THE EXPLORERS CLUB: In 1904 Henry Collins Walsh invited a group of prominent men to meet for the purpose of organizing a club "to encourage explorers in their work by evincing interest and sympathy, and especially by bringing them in personal contact and binding them in the bonds of good fellowship." The first official meeting was held in rented rooms at 23 West 67th Street in New York City on October 25, 1905. Major General A.W. Greely was the first President and Henry Collins Walsh the first Secretary. A stated purpose of the Club was to "promote exploration by all possible means."  The Explorers Club was officially established on October 17, 1905 when the papers of incorporation were signed. The signers/founders were a diverse group bound together by their interest in exploration, and this continues to be the principal interest of today's membership as well. The seven signers were:
* Casper Whitney, war correspondent and hunter; explorations in North and South America, from Venezuela to Patagonia. 
* David L. Brainard, Army officer and Arctic explorer, who later became the Club's fourth president. 
* Frank Michler Chapman, curator of birds and mammals, American Museum of Natural History. 
* Dr. Frederick A. Cook, physician, ethnologist, and Arctic explorer. 
* Herschel C. Parker, professor of physics, mountaineer, and author. 
* Marshall Howard Saville, archaeologist; expeditions in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. 
* Henry Collins Walsh, author and war correspondent. 
League of Women Voters: Following the nation's ratification of the vote for women, suffragists too shifted their energy to educate women in their new responsibility as voters. 1n 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters during the convention of the NAWSA six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Prominent female leaders of social reform in New York attended its meetings at Eleanor's Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park, including shown here from left to right: Mrs. Henry R. Hayes, Miss Martha Van Rensselaer, Mrs. Casper Whitney,  general regional director of the League of Women Voters, Mrs.Samuel Bins, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Mrs. Henry Goddard Leach, the State Chairman who presided at the meeting.

Related: Lewis, "Bill" (William H.) b. Nov. 30, 1868, Berkeley, VA ~ d. Jan. 1, 1949: The first black ever named to an All-American team, Lewis was the son of former slaves who moved to New England when he was young. He had an unusual college football career: He graduated from Amherst College, where he was a starter center for three years and team captain in his senior season, 1891, and then played for Harvard in 1892 and 1893 while  attending law school. Casper Whitney selected him as an All-American after both of his seasons at Harvard. Sportswriter Casper Whitney began picking an annual all-American team in 1889.  Casper Whitney left Harper's Weekly to beome editor of Outing Magazine in 1900. Whitney gave a summary of the college baseball season almost every season until 1916. He usually named eastern and midwestern champions separately. An exception was 1902 when he published a top twenty for the entire country. 

George Albert Wilder
The White African: The Story of Mafavuke "Who Dies and Lives Again"...(Bloomfield, NJ, Morse, 1933) 192pp illos
Told by himself, at the request of his relatives and friends ...

See Also Magavuke

Wilder was born in Africa of American parents.  He was nicknamed ''The White African'' by a newspaper reporter who heard him speaking the Zulu langauge. 

''The Africans called him Mafavuke, 'He who dies and Lives Again,' because of his many narrow escapes from death.'' 

Submitted by Mr. Wilder's great, great grandaughter ~ Dorothy Rapp
Theodore Arthur Willard
The City of the Sacred Well: Being a Narrative of the Discoveries and Excavations of Edward Herbert Thompson in the Ancient City of Chi-Chen Itza..with some Discourse on the Culture and Development of the Mayan Civilization as Revealed by Their Art and Architecture .(NY, G&D, 1926) Illustrated from Photographs ~ 293 pages
Wilhelm, Prince of Sweden (with Nils Carl Gustaf Fersen Glydenstolpe)
Among Pigmies and Gorillas: With the Swedish Zoological Expedition to Central Africa, 1921 ~ 1923/1926 ~ NY: Dutton ~ 289 pages of text plus 37 pages of photographs
Frank Williams
The Harbor of Doubt  NY: Grosset & Dunlap
Copyright, 1915, by W. J. WATT & COMPANY




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