THE BRAVE ESCAPE OF EDITH WHARTON by Connie Woolridge (Clarion 2010) was a remarkably riveting read this morning while we waited for some folks to wrap up work on the addition to the front porch. I read some Wharton in high school and college but now want to go back and take another look at her stories and novels having met her as a flesh and blood person in this biography. From the time she was a young girl, Wharton was fascinated with stories. She would make them up, pretending to read them form books even before she learned how to read (which she accomplished at a very young age). Later, she would write them down on sheets of wrapping paper since her parents did not think it proper for a young girl to indulge in such a vulgar activity.
Woolridge's biography seems almost as if she were divulging secrets about Wharton than simply chronicling her life. The chapters are relatively short; there are plenty of photos. While I am not sure who the audience is for the book, it would make a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about the author and her life and world in which she lived. The backmatter includes an index, source notes, and much more. <403>
Now, on to some work on a presentation I am giving next week. I also hope to post something about SpeakLoudly later as well.