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1. The CHILDREN.
 
2. Edith Wharton 1862-1937
 
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3. Wharton, Edith (1862-1937): An
 
4. Summer : a novel / by Edith Wharton
 
5. The greater inclination; The touchstone
 
6. : a tale of the war / by Edith
 
7. In Morocco. by Edith Wharton
 
8. ITALIAN VILLAS And THEIR GARDENS.
 
9. EDITH WHARTON 1862-1937.
 
10. Edith Wharton 1862-1937
 
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11. The Book Of The Homeless (le Livre
 
12. The children
 
13. Fighting France, from Dunkerque
 
14. Xingu and other stories
 
15. In Morocco
 
16. The children
 
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17. Les Metteurs En Scene (French
 
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18. The House Of Mirth
 
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19. Sanctuary
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20. Fighting France, from Dunkerque

1. The CHILDREN.
by Edith [1862 - 1937]. Wharton
Hardcover: Pages (1928)

Asin: B001P4B0E0
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Children, 1928 1st Edition, by Edith Wharton. Hardcover with 347 pages, published by D. Appleton & Co. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pity the Wheater children

This is Edith Wharton's commentary on the self-centered attitudes fostered by many of the post-WW I well-to-do, and the inability, despite good intentions, of her altruistic hero to do any good. The seven Wheater children, born of different parents, are shunted about from one parent to another, constantly living in hotels. Martin Boyne encounters them on a visit to Europe and becomes interested in their fates. He even thinks about adopting them, though Rose, his fiancee, is not thrilled by that idea. When Boyne falls head-over-heels for Judith, the oldest of the Wheater children, he breaks off his engagement. Half in love with Judith, half still wanting to "rescue" them all, he sails away, unable actually to do anything else. In a depressing ending, he comes back three years later and finds all the children have been separated and the youngest has died. He sees Judith at a dance, but hasn't the courage to speak to her.

Judith is one of Wharton's most interesting characters. Innocent, unassuming, and lacking experience, she is yet fresh and bold, and it's easy to see why Boyne falls for her. Where her satire could have been sharp, even scathing, Wharton has elected to use a more whimsical pen in portraying the Wheaters and their offspring. Her writing is crisp, though, especially the dialogue. The book was very popular when first published in 1928.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag
This tale of neglected, compelling children has several themes that, given the nature of the times, added an extra layer of tension to the reading.Martin Boyne, single, lonely and not particularly talented, discovers on an ocean voyage a bunch of biological and step brothers and sisters now all under the 'protection' of a reunited couple.The Wheatleys, wealthy, self-absorbed and decadent, offer little by way of security and hope. Boyne in his early 40's, soon takes on the role offamilyadvocate and unwittingly falls in love with the eldest girl, Judith, not yet 16.
There are deliciously unsuitable characters all trying, for all the wrong reasons to break up the struggling brood and equally as compelling nurses and nannies dedicated to their union and preservation. The cast includes a debauched Duke, a devout student of the modern psychoanalytic and freest theories for kids, a lion tamer and Hollywood actresses married to titles. The settings are European gems and the glamour oozes with emptiness.
The tale involves losses- inevitable in stories of kids and growing up and tends to drag on a bit. It is fascinating though, to wonder and wander with Wharton as she holds forth on her own beliefs about manners, modernity and the timeless dilemmas of 'bringing up babies.'
Atypical and undecided, but worthy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this gem.
Some of Edith Wharton's better known works have been translated to the silver screen in recent years.Her lush descriptions and poignant, mannered conversations make for great screenplays.This book has those Wharton hallmarks, but it's doubtful that you'll see this story at a multiplex near you anytime soon.

The reason?I believe the Hollywood powers-that-be might find this novel hits a bit too close to home.Wharton has written many books about New York society at the turn of the century, but none so scathing as this.Her characters represent the celebrities of her age; what's fascinating is to see that things haven't changed all that much.You'll never read the latest Tom Cruise - Nicole Kidman - Russell Crowe - Meg Ryan spread in People magazine in exactly the same way again after this book.

At the same time, it has all the things that Wharton does better than anyone else - the restrained (barely) passions, the intimate moments, the inner turmoil, the beautiful settings.Nobody else finds such depths among the shallows.

4-0 out of 5 stars She's so good you want to kill her...
Is it possible to love and hate a book simultaneously?That is, after all, the resounding impression left by Edith Wharton's, THE CHILDREN, whose prose I appreciated even as the conclusion of the story left me deeplyannoyed.

I have to struggle to read for pleasure anymore, so when Iactually set aside a few hours for the attempt, as I did with THE CHILDREN,I rather hope it to be a good experience.And, in many respects, it was. THE CHILDREN is beautifully written, as is typically the case for Wharton(even in her sub-par endeavors, such as TWILIGHT SLEEP or GLIMPSES OF THEMOON, which I loved but didn't think was one of her best efforts).Muchhas been made of her talent for writing so there's no need to go on here. Suffice to say, she's brilliant.And THE CHILDREN is an excellent exampleof that fact, with a story that is far less renowned than THE HOUSE OFMIRTH or THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.However, the ending just killed me.I hadmy hopes up so ungodly high that perhaps, just perhaps, Wharton was goingto give us a "happy" ending...I should have known better.I read this bookon a plane flight from the American Mid West and was rapturously engrossedthroughout (thank God for sleeping seatmates) but when I reached the end Ijust about threw the book across the plane in frustration.I know, I know,shame on me for thinking Edith Wharton would deliver a tidy conclusion(GLIMPSES OF THE MOON aside), but still, I was ever so hopeful...mymistake.At least with THE HOUSE OF MIRTH you could read"tragedy" in the subtext from the very beginning so you could besummarily braced when it arrived.But the surprising lightness to herstyle in THE CHILDREN left me unprepared.

Nonetheless, if you likeWharton and are familiar with her manner, then by all means, check out THECHILDREN.It's an engaging story, truly, about a middle-aged man whoselife is enriched by his capricious association with a wild, eccentricfamily led, in no small part, by the amazing eldest daughter, with whom hefalls in love as he tries to help her to hold together her various stepbrothers and sisters as their parents go through yet another messy divorce.

So, by all means, give it a go...just be prepared for the WhartonEffect that comes with the conclusion.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book was great!
I thought this book was one of Wharton's best work.Its very realistic.There is a little bit of comedey mixed in too. ... Read more


2. Edith Wharton 1862-1937
by Olivia Coolidge
 Paperback: Pages (1964-01-01)

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3. Wharton, Edith (1862-1937): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i>
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This digital document is an article from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, brought to you by GaleĀ®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 131 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and textual cross-references to related essays. ... Read more


4. Summer : a novel / by Edith Wharton
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: 282 Pages (1917)

Asin: B000M0PY7M
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5. The greater inclination; The touchstone / by Edith Wharton.
by Wharton. Edith. 1862-1937.
 Paperback: Pages (1914)

Asin: B002WUYA4I
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6. : a tale of the war / by Edith Wharton
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1918-01-01)

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7. In Morocco. by Edith Wharton
by Wharton. Edith. 1862-1937.
 Paperback: Pages (1920-01-01)

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8. ITALIAN VILLAS And THEIR GARDENS.
by Edith [1862 - 1937]. Parrish, Maxfield [1870 - 1966] - Illustrator. Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1905)

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9. EDITH WHARTON 1862-1937.
by Oliva Coolidge
 Paperback: Pages (1964-01-01)

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10. Edith Wharton 1862-1937
 Paperback: Pages (1970)

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11. The Book Of The Homeless (le Livre Des Sans-foyer)
 Paperback: 278 Pages (2010-10-15)
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12. The children
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1928-01-01)

Asin: B002B9D0WI
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13. Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1915-01-01)

Asin: B002B9NQ1S
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14. Xingu and other stories
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1942-01-01)

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15. In Morocco
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1920-01-01)

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16. The children
by Edith (1862-1937) Wharton
 Hardcover: Pages (1928)

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17. Les Metteurs En Scene (French Edition)
by Wharton Edith 1862-1937
 Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-09-28)
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18. The House Of Mirth
by Wharton Edith 1862-1937, Wenzell A.B. ill
 Paperback: 550 Pages (2010-10-06)
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19. Sanctuary
by Wharton Edith 1862-1937, Merrymount Press printer
 Paperback: 194 Pages (2010-09-29)
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20. Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort
by Edith Wharton 1862-1937
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


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