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Domestic Biographies

Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home

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Elif S. Armbruster

Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home presents comparative domestic biographies of four American Realist writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Drawing upon extensive primary sources to reconstruct the authors’ private lives, Domestic Biographies illuminates how they lived when no one was looking. In particular this book examines how the authors worked and wrote at home and how their home life in turn made its way into their novels and non-fiction. Domestic Biographies offers an innovative and exciting architectural and domestic lens through which to study the lives and literature of America’s best-known Realists.

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ABBREVIATIONS ABG Edith Wharton’s autobiography, A Backward Glance (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1934). Beinecke Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT. CEN Charles Eliot Norton is frequently but not always referred to in the footnotes by his initials. DH Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr. The Decoration of Houses (1897; rpt., New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1998). Edel, Untried Years Conquest of London Middle Years Treacherous Years The Master Five volume biography of Henry James, written by Leon Edel with the common title of Henry James, followed by a subtitle (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1953–1972). EMH Elinor Mead Howells, the wife of William Dean Howells, is frequently but not always referred to in the footnotes by her initials. EW The italicized EW refers to R. W. B. Lewis’s biography of the author, Edith Wharton: A Biography (New York: Harper & Row, 1975). EW Edith Wharton is frequently but not always referred to in the footnotes by her initials. EW Letters The Letters of Edith Wharton, R. W. B. and Nancy Lewis, eds. (New York: Collier Books, 1988). HBS Harriet Beecher Stowe is frequently but not always referred to in the footnotes by her initials. HBS: The Story of Her Life Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Story of Her Life, by her son Charles E. Stowe and her grandson Lyman Beecher Stowe (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911). Henry James Leon Edel, Henry James: A Life (New York: Harper & Row, 1985)...

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