How surprising that a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature not only believes in, but writes about, ghosts. This short story is a result of her haunting fascination and fear of both spirits and supernatural phenomena, and as Ms. Magazine says, is "flawlessly eerie". In The Triumph of Night, Wharton pushes one to finally decide if ghosts are real or imaginary. That is, if one can....
"Great story, well told"
Lizzie West falls in love but her future hangs delicately on a thin string of hope so purposefully constructed in "The Letters".
Anna, a sensuous and rebellious woman, scraps her marriage for a young officer, Count Vronsky, hoping to find love. Its chilling ending assures the reader that this is a book never to be forgotten.
Mary Stewart was crowned queen when she was just nine months old. As a young girl, she was sent to Paris to marry the sickly King of France. After his death, she returned to Scotland to fight for her right to be queen. But ill-fated love affairs, political intrigue, and murder led her to a tragic end.
When the man of the house disappears, it can't be because of a ghost - or can it? Leave it to Wharton to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary as she laces intrigue with doubt over fear and common sense.
"Great Story, Appallingly Inept Abridgment"
Edith Wharton's ironic stories won her numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. This story of conflict between individual and social fulfillment wins her the admiration of readers and writers of all ages. With tongue in cheek, she mocks the phoniness of the pretentious, while sympathizing with the pitiful and ends up with a story that cries for equity.