|Edith Wharton 1862 - 1937|
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
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.
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.
"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
"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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THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON WHO, IN READING FICTION, LOVED "THE OPEN ROAD AND THE BRIGHT EYES OF DANGER" HEDULIO'S PREFACE
CHAPTERS: I. AN UNEXPECTED GUEST ~ II. A COUNTRY DINNER ~ III. TENANTRY AND SLAVERY ~ IV. HOROSCOPES AND MARVELS ~ V. ENCOUNTERS ~ VI. A RATHER BAD DAY ~ VII. A RATHER GOOD DAY ~ VIII. THE WATER GARDEN ~ IX. THE SQUALL OF THE LEOPARD ~ BOOK II. DISAPPEARANCE ~ X. ESCAPE ~ XI. HIDING ~ XII. SUCCOUR ~ XIII. THE LONELY HUT ~ XIV. WINTER IN THE MOUNTAINS ~ XV. THE HUNT ~ XVI. THE CAVE ~ XVII. THE FESTIVAL ~ XVIII. GALLOPING ~ XIX. MARSEILLES AND TIBER WHARF ~ XX. CHARIOTEERING ~ XXI. MISADVENTURES ~ BOOK III. DIVERSITIES ~ XXII. THE MUTINEERS ~ XXIII. THE EMPEROR ~ XXIV. THE MASSACRE ~ XXV. THE OPEN COUNTRY ~ XXVI. THE OUTLAWS ~ XXVII. THE POINT OP VIEW ~ XXVIII. MOONLIGHT ~ BOOK IV. DISSIMULATIONS ~ XXIX. FELIX ~ XXX. FESTUS ~ XXXI. RECOGNITION ~ XXXII. PHORBAS ~ XXXIII. IMPOSTURE ~ XXXIV. PALUS THE INCOMPARABLE ~ XXXV. MURMEX ~ XXXVI. ANXIETY ~ XXXVII. ACCUSATION ~ XXXVIII. TORTURE ~ XXXIX. THE TULLIANUM ~ XL. SEVERUS ~ EPILOGUE
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
|Grace Miller White|
|The Secret of the Storm Country
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Norma Talmadge Connection
|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)
|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)
|INFORMATION ON CASPER
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.
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|
|The Harbor of Doubt NY: Grosset & Dunlap
Copyright, 1915, by W. J. WATT & COMPANY
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