EDITHJWHARTON is not currently reading any books.
I’m 51 years old, female, from the United States. I’ve been a DailyLit member since January 12, 2009. My reading interests include classics.
- The Idiot finished
- Wives and Daughters finished
- Cousin Betty finished
- Father Goriot finished
- Daniel Deronda suspended
- The Old Curiosity Shop suspended
- The Count of Monte Cristo unread
Jane Eyre unread
One of the BEST Almost everything that I read was written before I (or probably my mother) was born. A lot of times, I'll forget the plot of a story when I am questioned. My typical confusion will find me unable to recant the cast of characters in a long ago read novel like Wuthering Heights. Or I will find myself unable to remember the specific differences between Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice OR David Copperfield and Great Expectations. But I will never in my life forget every detail of Jane Eyre. I remember walking through the train terminal with that book in my hand and sneaking away from my desk at work to read another few sentences. But most of all, I remember the chilling wedding scene. I loved this book. I posted this on 12 January 2009
And I did not mean to kill off Harper Lee and Tom Wolfe. I think that I intimated that everyone else had named non living authors.
I want to throw in a couple of living authors-John Irving and Larry McMurtry.
Bravo blogs. This makes me the winner of "Most Horrific Answer." Please don't kick me off the island.
I finished Cousin Bette over the weekend. I almost skipped my college reunion because I was close to the end and could not put it down. The story is rviting and the characters are fascinating.
Savage Beauty- Edna St Vincent Milay
"I could hear my watch whenever the car stopped, but not often they were already eating 'Who would play a' Eating the business of eating inside of you space too space and time confused Stomach saying noon brain saying eat oclock All right I wonder what time it is what of it. People were getting out. The trolley didn't stop so often now, emptied by eating."
-The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Once again-Forgot to give credit! Edna St Vincent Milay-but you all knew that...
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light
I neglected to give credit. My quote is from Scenes of a Clerical Life and it is George Eliot
Thank heaven, then, that a little illusion is left to us, to enable us to be useful and agreeable - that we don't know exactly what our friends think of us - that the world is not made of looking-glass, to show us just the figure we are making, and just what is going on behind our backs! By the help of dear friendly illusion we are able to dream that we are charming - and our faces wear a becoming air of self-possession; we are able to dream that men admire our talents - and our benignity is undisturbed; we are able to dream that we are doing much good - and we do a little"
She stays up all night packing. I stay up all night crying. She will relish the freedom while I dread her absence. We talk about drinking, drugs and boys. I wonder if she'll call her me often from school. She will make new friends while I lose my best friend.
I feel like a one trick pony but I will nominate Edith Wharton! But I also love George Eliot.
Well. I am at the end of Curiousity Shop..I might have a new favorite.
I vote for a Cheever (The Swimmer) or my old pal Edith (New Year's Day). Additional ideas include Melville, and O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.
Loved this book! Suggested by my daughter.Next read will be The Importance of being Earnest...
I just saw your post. I am not sure how to post correctly either. You should ask Maggie (I think that she is the keeper of all DailyLit knowledge). Did you start THE COUNT-I am finishing up Curiousity Shop in anticipation of the PBS showing.
A Prayer for Owen Meany
I replied last night my question did not appear. Here it is again...Are we only naming children's books?
AmberSt Claire-Does it have to be a children's book?
Oh I forgot to say -why I so disliked it. When Edith Wharton was initially introduced to Henry James, his sage advice was to write about New York-really to say that she should write about what she knew. While often mandatory high school reading, the story of Ethan Fromme is not about what Edith knew. Her NY based novels are masterpieces. I always think that the fact that so many kids are only exposed to Ethan might turn them off from the great novels of Edith Wharton.
Thanks for picking my question! Believe it or not.....ETHAN FROMME!!
Forgot Villette. Couldn't get through it! Can someone please tell me to finish it so that I can morph my Catholic school upbringing, hit myself on the knuckles with a ruler and finish that darn book!
One of my favorites..One of the best written stories of a well plotted revenge!
I second the motion for Mr. Knightly. I liked how he stood up to Emma when was unkind.
Hi Amber- I loved The House of Mirth as well BUT not my favorite of hers. I loved Custom of the Country and the short stories in Old New York. As for F.Scott, should I read The Damned. I think that I have only read The Great Gatsby. I am new to this forum as well but like it a lot
There were a few but I regret not finishing War and Peace (and I was pretty far along and kinda liking it). I should go back!
I read East of Eden over the summer and was excited to see the movie (with James Dean). Holy Mackeral! Not so good! The Steinbeck novel was a generational saga where the characters developed as a result of their ancestry. The movie took place over a year! HMPH!
Tristiseye-You have convinced me to read A Tale of Two Cities! Right now, I am reading Curiousity Shop and loving it.
What book (by an author that you love) did you hate?
HMMMM...I guess it would be my Dailylit namesake! I would not tell her that her birthplace is now a Starbucks or that The Mount is in foreclosure. Some things are better left unsaid!
John_Rempel- I love George Eliot and my favorite of her works is Scenes from a Clerical Life. The writing is second to none.
I consider myself to be a huge Dickens fan. For the love of Mike, I could not get into A Tale of Two Cities. I’m also An Edith Wharton fan and disliked Ethan Fromme. That being said, my favorite Dickens novels are Nicholas Nickelby and Bleak House. If you think that they are too long, you will soon realize that they are not long enough.
Almost everything that I read was written before I (or probably my mother) was born. A lot of times, I'll forget the plot of a story when I am questioned. My typical confusion will find me unable to recant the cast of characters in a long ago read novel like Wuthering Heights. Or I will find myself unable to remember the specific differences between Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice OR David Copperfield and Great Expectations. But I will never in my life forget every detail of Jane Eyre. I remember walking through the train terminal with that book in my hand and sneaking away from my desk at work to read another few sentences. But most of all, I remember the chilling wedding scene. I loved this book.