Seeing What Wharton Saw


Jason Diamond writes about how he came to a deeper understanding of Edith Wharton, her work, and the New York neighborhood where she grew up and which Diamond “once tried so hard to avoid.”

Wharton is one of the few great fiction writers whose work takes on a different meaning when you begin to understand her views on design. There is a longing for the simpler times of her youth; not just the people who lived it but also the aesthetic of the time.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →