An original compilation of eight of Edith Wharton’s gothic stories
A ghostly presence in “The Lady’s Maid’s Bell” desires revenge against a tyrannical husband. In “Mr. Jones,” Lady Jane Lynke inherits an estate unexpectedly, and can’t make sense of how to manage the servantsespecially since the caretaker has been dead for decades, but keeps giving orders. Meanwhile, in “Afterward,” a newly wealthy American couple moves into a large, isolated house in southern England complete with a ghost … and the mysteries surrounding the husband’s business are slowly uncovered. In “The Hermit and the Wild Woman,” the “hermit,” while a young boy, witnessed the killing of his family during an attack on his town. As a result of this trauma, he has retreated into isolationuntil he meets a “wild woman” who comes to live nearby. These are just a few of the wonderful and unnerving tales gathered together in this new compilation of Wharton’s gothic stories.
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About the Author
Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was an American author best known for her stories and novels about the upper-class society into which she was born. Educated privately at home and in Europe, she married Edward Wharton, a Boston banker, in 1885. Her marriage was emotionally disappointing, if not disastrous, and she suffered a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. About this time she began to write fiction. Her major literary model was Henry James, whom she knew, and her work reveals James’ concern for form and ethical issues.
Her novel The Valley of Decision was published in 1902, followed in 1905 by the critical and popular success of The House of Mirth, which established her as a leading writer. After 1907 Wharton lived in France, visiting the United States only at rare intervals. In 1913 she was divorced from her husband.
In the two decades following The House of Mirth, she wrote The Reef (1912), The Custom of the Country (1913), Summer (1917), and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Age of Innocence (1920). She was the first woman to receive that honor. Her best known work, however, was the long tale Ethan Frome (1911).
She wrote some thirty books in all, including an autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934). She died in France in 1937.
Gabrielle de Cuir, an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills.
Date of Birth:January 24, 1862
Date of Death:August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:Educated privately in New York and Europe