Title: The Valley Of Decision.
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The craft is exceptional as it ever is with Wharton
The craft is exceptional as it ever is with Wharton. She did not know how to write badly in spite of her autobiographically professed modesty in the matter. As this was her first novel, we might expect to find some immaturity of style relative to later works, but it would require a sterner critic than I to say so. The Valley of Decision is not the easiest book to start, but once engaged it captivates.
Her works show the lives of people of the late nineteenth century, the times of decline in American history. In all Wharton published more than 50 books, including fiction, short stories, travel books, historical novels, and criticism. She lived in France after 1907, visiting the United States only at rare intervals.
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Something of her old ardour reappeared when she wrote of the possibility of publishing her father’s book. Her friends in Geneva, having heard of her difficulty with the Dutch publisher, had undertaken to vindicate her claims; and they had every hope that the matter would be successfully concluded. The joy of renewed activity with which this letter glowed would have communicated itself to Odo had he received it at a different time; but it came on the day of his marriage, and since then he had never written to her.
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She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories.
Odo Valsecca inherits a dukedom and is forced to choose between his personal liberal ideals and the conservatism of his family tradition. One fee. Stacks of books. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline. Bookmate – an app that makes you want to read.