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Start by marking “The Descent of Man, and Other Stories” as Want to Read: Edith Wharton (), born Edith Newbold Jones, was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
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Wharton married in and began to build upon three interests—American houses, writing, and Italy. King, The Whartons set up house at Pencraig Cottage in Newport. Understanding the historical sequence of these developments also has significance for subsequent controversies over this concept and the different readings of the Origin as it went through successive editions, and as it was received in other cultural contexts see below, Section 3. Most striking in comparing the Origin to the Descent was the strong emphasis on the workings of the secondary process of sexual selection in the animal kingdom E. Please see your browser settings for this feature. Newman, Stuart A.
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This item has not been rated yet. Originally published in , The Descent of Man and Other Stories is an early collection of short fiction that isn't held together by any particular theme.
Of all the stories perhaps the most interesting for technical reasons is The Lady's Maid's Bell, a ghost story that incorporates a distinctly unreliable narrator in Alice Hartley, amidst the necessary gothic attributes of an old house, a secret past and the ghost itself which provides the linkages to create the resolution. By using an unreliable narrator, Wharton is able to retain a sense of ambiguity about the proceedings thus leaving the reader to interpret the plot in different ways. There is also an autobiographical element in so far as Alice Hartley is recovering from a diseased state and this is used partly to create the notion on unreliability but also to justify the increased sensitivity to the ghostly presence.
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