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Edith Wharton

The Short Stories
Narrated by: Janet Maw
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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Perhaps best known for her classic novel The Age of Innocence, Wharton loved the short story form because its brevity allowed her to concentrate on telling the story. In these three powerful stories, Edith Wharton transports the listener to the turn of the century, where she depicts (without turning to sensationalism) the shocking topics of the time. Often, she opens just after an incident, allowing the listener to be immersed straight into the story.

In 'Souls Belated' we meet a couple on a train, digesting and reacting to that morning’s event. In 'The Muse’s Tragedy', a young man meets his favourite poet’s muse and soon uncovers the truth about their much talked-about relationship. Atypically, 'Roman Fever' starts with a seemingly normal day in Rome and soon reveals a lot more than expected when two middle-aged women start recalling a past trip to the Italian capital. These stories are read by the accomplished actress Janet Maw.

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3 great stories, sound quality could be better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, but in a nother edition

What was one of the most memorable moments of Edith Wharton?

she has a very elegant way of ending the short stories

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Better sound quality

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Entertaining stories

These stories were very risqu?? for their time, and are interesting to read now. Wharton is a good, lucid and solid creator of character. Don't expect anything "modern" -- no faxes, cel phones, texting or email. The best story, ROMAN FEVER, is a quiet thriller.

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