The only way I was able force myself to finish this book was in the hopes of learning more about Wharton. Trapped in a loveless marriage by duty and guilt, Edith' There are some novels that I am not able to get to for one reason or another until months or even years after they release. It is hinted the he favoured and attracted both men and women. Anna is so obviously in love with Teddy it makes a reader want to roll their eyes—I did. My answer: something was wrong with the portrait drawn in this novel. The references to France and her trips to the countryside in her car were interesting because it was such a new thing during that period. Edith writes her books and does her thing and comes to meet a man named Morton Fullerton to which she falls in love with.
There is the thread of Teddy Wharton, who becomes mentally ill as the book progresses, leading to constant worry. There were 200 pages of verbal foreplay, and by that time I was ready to smack Edith upside her head. Fields brings a secret side of Wharton to life, and shows us a woman whose elegant façade concealed a turbulent sensuality. Her genius was constantly mentioned, but Field's writing was not strong enough to convey its components. First rate biography For lovers of Edith Wharton during the unforgettable days of Americans in Paris when Paris was home to a cornucopia of intellectuals of every stripe. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. You never have, have you? Aside from being a friend and constant companion, Anna helped Edith with her writing…by typing her pages but also by offering her tips on story structure and character development.
It's what you sensed behind her books but where she never reveals herself totally. Witnessing the growing infatuation, Anna is torn between her devotion to Edith and her loyalty to Teddy, who sinks into a severe depression, a harbinger of the madness to come. I also felt very sorry for Teddy, who really loved Edith, while she married him just because it was what people did. Fields reading at The Mount Born 1953-07-25 July 25, 1953 age 65 , U. He is charismatic, compelling, and draws the attention of men and women alike. These things only came to light much later, when her papers were opened in 1968 and when her letters to Fullerton were released in the 1980s. There could hardly be a more apt theme for a novel of manners than the struggle of a prominent and respectable lady to disguise her inflamed feelings in order to meet the conventions of society.
This was a fabulously told story told over the years 1907 through 1910 from Massachusetts to France to England. There are credible scenes dramatizing the resulting volatile behavior. This dreary novel about Edith Wharton's sexual awakening was more sad than satisfying. Fields's love and respect for all her characters and her care in telling their stories shines through. Although the book certainly has its merits some of the descriptive writing is quite good, and the social world of rich, artistic expats in Paris is pretty fun to read about , the characters' dialogue and inner monologues often don't ring true. Nothing would be forgiven without at least paying the social price—in public. The book from what I have gathered thus far is about Edith Wharton- famous female author of the early 1900's.
The descriptions of the homes that Wharton and her husband owned were fascinating. There are also letters and journal entries throughout, some all? All that said, I am now excited to go back and read more of Wharton. When she meets Morton, she is instantly attracted to him, and that obviously grows overtime to lead her to the affair she has with him. Fields does a superb job of bringing the reader into that world. Her growing obsession with Morton and the undeniable passions he awakens within her once emotionally void existence quickly becomes a drug Edith is loathe to live without. The introduction is done by their mutual friend Henry James and life will never again be the same.
Then Miranda is caught in a catastrophe and banished. Of course, Edith Wharton was the first female to win it, several years later. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction! Non sono una bacchettona, ma io non scriverei mai un romanzo di questo genere, che so, su Jane Austen o su una delle sorelle Brönte. Giveaway opportunity: Find this and other reviews at: I came to Jennie Fields' The Age of Desire utterly ignorant of Edith Wharton's personal story. She doesn't want Morton to run away with her but she does want his undivided attention and his companionship of the mind. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess turned literary secretary and confidante.
Joining the burgeoning genre of novels concerning famous people's unknown subordinates, Fields The Middle Ages, 2003, etc. But when the door of desire opened, Wharton walked through it in a surprising and altogether engrossing way. The Age of Desire, the story of a love affair and sexual awakening informed by the letters of Edith Wharton, is also the story of a friendship defined by the societal roles and conventions of the early 20th century. Fields did a impeccable job with her novel. It drew me like a moth to flame. I can't say enough, but am afraid to say anything that gives the plot away. But its real risk — and triumph — is in its consummate consideration of the emotional complexities of an affair and its aftermath between both lovers and friends.
Edith finds solace in the friendship of her intellectual friends, including a new acquaintance, Morton Fullerton. Her third novel, The Middle Ages 2002, tells the story of an architect who only finds the life she's really seeking when she loses her job. The author does a fabulous job bringing both turn-of-the-20th Century Paris and Edith to vibrant life. I highly recommend this novel to lovers of literary and historical fiction. They circle the same tired emotions and interactions throughout the book. Though familiar enough with her body of work, I had no concept of the woman behind it which made this book a pretty exciting prospect in terms of content. My new novel, The Age of Desire is based on the life and loves of my favorite novelist: Edith Wharton.
The author portrays the frustration Edith felt when she was finally mature enough to appreciate love, and be loved as a woman, but comes to realize it's a transient love. Edith, 66 She feels dented by him. Lovely story about a late blooming woman What did you love best about The Age of Desire? I do not wish to ruin the story but will be encouraging my friends to pick up this book when it goes on sale in August! Paris in the first few decades of the 20th century is among my favorite time periods — the glittery world of art and literature, all told from the point-of-view of one of America's greatest writers. And I got to a point where the little battle in my head of Just Finish The Book vs. We learn about both women but the bulk of the story belongs to Edith. House of Mirth, The Reef and Ethan Frome will also be read.
The characters in the book were very realistic and believable. Edith is clearly married from the beginning, but readers learn early on that she never really was in love with her husband, and she married him when she was young. Ma proprio mai nella vita. I have been reading period novels for the past six years. It drew me like a moth to flame. Anna is a sensitively-realized, semi-tragic figure -- a thoughtful examination of a woman's fate when she finds herself older, single, and responsible for her own support and well-being, particularly in a world that assumes a woman's role and support are conditional on her eventual assumed marriage.