The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton
By Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547236308, 192pp.)
Publication Date: August 2010
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Edith Wharton, author of Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and other acclaimed novels, was born into a wealthy family. Beginning in childhood, Edith found ways to escape from society’s and her family’s expectations and follow an unconventional, creative path. Unhappily married and eventually divorced, she surrounded herself with male friends. She spent much of her life in Paris and was recognized by the French government for her generosity and hard work during World War I. Her literary and personal life, her witty and incisive correspondence, her fondness for automobiles and small dogs—all are detailed in this warm and sparkling account of a woman well ahead of her time. Includes a bibliography, source notes, and an index.
Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge received a master's degree in education and library science from the University of Chicago. She has written picture books and nonfiction for children; this is her first for Clarion Books. She lives in Richmond, Indiana.
"Any dreamy or bookish girl who once loved 'Harriet the Spy' should immediately take up this lively new biography."—New York Times Book Review
"[A] well-rounded, handsomely illustrated portrait, which will find an enduring place on classroom and library shelves"—Booklist, starred review
"A useful study that might lead sophisticated young readers to Wharton's novels."—Kirkus Reviews
"This book deserves serious consideration."—VOYA