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- DescriptionThe metaphor of life as prison obsessed Edith Wharton, and, consequently, the theme of imprisonment appears in most of her 86 short stories. In the last several decades, critical studies of Wharton's fiction have focused on this theme of imprisonment, but invariably it is related to biographical considerations. This study, however, is t concerned with such insights and influences; rather, it concentrates on Wharton's skill as a craftsman in consciously and carefully fitting her narrative techniques to the imprisonment theme. Representative tales from Wharton's early period (1891-1904), her major phase (1905-1919), and her later years (1926-1937) have been examined and divided into four categories: individuals trapped by love and marriage, men and women imprisoned by the dictates of society, human beings victimized by the demands of art and morality, and persons paralyzed by fear of the supernatural.
- Author BiographyEVELYN E. FRACASSO is currently Professor of English at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. She is the author of articles on Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Joan Didion, and William Faulkner.
- Author(s)Evelyn E. Fracasso
- Date of Publication30/03/1994
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContributions in Women's Studies
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 140.
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight325 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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