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Edith Wharton and Genre

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Dr Laura Rattray joins us for a talk on American author Edith Wharton (1862-1937).

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In this illustrated talk, Dr Laura Rattray considers the work and reputation of renowned American author Edith Wharton (1862-1937). Though best remembered for her society novels, Wharton was also a controversial playwright, a trailblazing travel writer, gifted poet, a hugely influential design writer, and an innovative critic. Laura discusses the stories of these other Edith Whartons and suggests ways in which her work in less familiar genres uncovers a bolder, more diverse and radical writer than has long been supposed.

Laura Rattray is Reader in American Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her new book, Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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