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Author Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937

Title My dear governess : the letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann / edited by Irene Goldman-Price
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- ABBREVIATIONS -- INTRODUCTION -- 1. "Herz" and "Tonnie" MAY 1874 TO MARCH 1885 -- 2. "Spliced" JULY 1885 TO MAY 1893 -- 3. "Un peu de faiblesse" AUGUST 1893 TO DECEMBER 1896 -- 4. "Harvesting laurels" APRIL 1898 TO APRIL 1907 -- 5. "Turning-points" JUNE 1907 TO JULY 1914 -- 6. "This sudden incredible catastrophe" AUGUST 1914 TO APRIL 1916 -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- CREDITS AND PERMISSIONS -- INDEX
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Print version record
Subject Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 -- Correspondence
Bahlmann, Anna Catherine, 1849-1916 -- Correspondence
SUBJECT Bahlmann, Anna Catherine, 1849-1916 fast
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 fast
Subject Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Authors, American
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Personal correspondence
Form Electronic book
Author Bahlmann, Anna Catherine, 1849-1916, addressee.
Goldman-Price, Irene C., editor
ISBN 9780300183382
Other Titles Correspondence. Selections