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Book Title: Xingu: 1916|
The author of the book: Edith Wharton
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Edition: Yurita Press
Date of issue: January 9th 2016
Read full description of the books Xingu: 1916:I read Edith Wharton's Xingu with a group of women who call themselves the Enchanted readers breakfast club. We have decided to discuss short stories over coffee. Having never been exposed to Edith Wharton before and desiring a variety of women authors for my women's history month lineup, I decided to join them.
In thirty two short pages, Wharton offers a social commentary on the education and social awareness of upper class society women. During this era, as in Wharton's case, the sole purpose of women was to marry. As a result, they were not abreast of the key issues of their day, yet at a time when women's suffrage was gaining steam, women desired to know more. At the time of Xingu, society women may have read a book or thought of the day, but they for the most part did not know much beyond the walls of their upper crust homes.
The story takes place at a book club meeting at the home of Mrs Ballinger. The women, it so appears, meet for lunch once or twice a month to discuss current novels. During this meeting, the women have invited one of their favorite novelists named Osric Dane to join them in discussion. The only issue is that none of the women have much to discuss, and seem to meet at these clubs to socialize as much to discuss the books. As a result, they are at a loss as to what to speak about so as not to embarrass themselves in front of the author.
Having not read Wharton before, I thought this story was a decent introduction to her writing. She writes of social commentary at a key juncture of American history when a wave of women's rights began to emerge. Xingu pokes fun at the upper classes while silently addressing women's place in society. I look forward to reading Wharton's novels in the future in the hope that they address a woman's place in society on a larger scale.
Read information about the authorEdith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.
After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton's novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Wharton's first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton's reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, André Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.
In 1913 Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work.
The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 -- the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman. Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937. She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France.
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