My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann (BOK)

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An exciting archive came to auction in 2009: the papers and personal effects of Anna Catherine Bahlmann (1849-1916), a governess and companion to several prominent American families. Among the collection were one hundred thirty-five letters from her most famous pupil, Edith Newbold Jones, later the great American novelist Edith Wharton. Remarkably, until now, just three letters from Wharton's childhood and early adulthood were thought to survive. Bahlmann, who would become Wharton's literary secretary and confidant, emerges in the letters as a seminal influence, closely guiding her precocious young student's readings, translations, and personal writing. Taken together, these letters, written over the course of forty-two-years, provide a deeply affecting portrait of mutual loyalty and influence between two women from different social classes. This correspondence reveals Wharton's maturing sensibility and vocation, and includes details of her life that will challenge long-held assumptions about her formative years. Wharton scholar Irene Goldman-Price provides a rich introduction to My Dear Governess that restores Bahlmann to her central place in Wharton's life.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forlag
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300169898 Antall sider 288
Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,5cm x 2,9cm Vekt 635 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Irene Goldman-Price
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Diaries, letters & journals