About the Book

Inventing the Real

Inventing the Real

"The Old Maid" and "The Real Thing"
July 2008
Trade Paperback · 128 Pages
$12.95 U.S. · $15.50 CAN
ISBN 9781558615762
The Feminist Press at CUNY

 

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Description

Using shades of irony to capture moments of surprise and sadness, Edith Wharton and Henry James play with reality—in the work of a portrait artist and in the secret love of a “fallen” woman for her daughter. The author of over forty books, Edith Wharton (1862–1937) won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence. Henry James (1843–1916) wrote numerous stories, essays, plays, and novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors. Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

About the Authors

Born in 1862, American writer Edith Wharton published numerous works including The Age of Innocence, Ethan Fromme, and The House of Mirth. Her writings became widely celebrated, earning her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and an honorary degree from Yale in 1923. Edith Wharton died of a stroke on August 11, 1937 in St.-Brice-sous-Forêt, France. Born in 1843, Henry James remains a preeminent author and literary critic. Born in the U.S., he spent most of his working life in England. He is best known for novels such as The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, and The Wings of the Dove. Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty, and Rockefeller fellowships. Caws has served on many editorial boards and national committees. In 2006 she published Surprised in Translation and Glorious Eccentrics.