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Wendy W. Fairey

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At Her Epistolary Best

The Letters of Edith Wharton. Edited by R. B. W. Lewis and Nancy Lewis. Scribner's. $29.95. I hate excessively to be forty," wrote Edith Wharton to her friend, Sara Norton, a response to the latter's 1902 birthday greeting. "Not that I think it a [...]

Shaping Literary Lives

Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice. By Sharon O'Brien. Oxford. $24. 95. Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879—1923. By Joan Richardson. Morrow. $21. 95. In the spring of 1906, Willa Cather, age 33, arrived in New York to assume the managing edito [...]

Nothing Can Come of Nothing

I often used to wonder if I would miss my father when he died. We had not been close or even had much contact. Would it really matter if he were no longer there, across the ocean in England, puttering about his pseudo-ancestral property in Sussex o [...]