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This sounds like a really good story. You have a nice edition! I have been reading some short stories (all from the same book) and while I like them I have found that they are still not my top reading choice vs. a full length book.


I just went and read it, and it was really good! But, difficult to talk about without giving things away. Thanks for linking to it-I agree that it should be more widely taught in schools. I've only read a couple of Wharton's novels, not her short stories, but this one was awesome!

Les in NE

I've had a copy of Roman Fever for over a decade. Got it back when I was on an Edith Wharton kick. I really need to dig it out and give it a read! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Have you seen these patterns....they are samples of history and literature
They are so beautiful and I thought of you when I saw them!


oops.....I mean samplers!


I haven't read any of Edith Wharton's books, but am just about to start The House of Mirth - for Cornflower's Book Group. If it's as good as this one sounds I'm in for a treat. Thanks for the online link.


Hi Danielle - it's been far, far too long but I am still in the process of catching up after Christmas and my London trip. But can I just say I have had the most pleasant hour or two here reading your post since late last year - I was saving up a time so I could read them all!

I have a few (not!) comments:
- have just purchased my first Elizabeth Bowen since reading about her in the preface to Vere Hodgson's Warime Diaries (Persephone) - the latter I recently finished and really loved - excellent diary/non-fiction choice.
- Glad to see The Wlshe Girl in your top 10 from last year as it is a current book club choice
- I recently finished Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (not seeing it on your list beforehand) and really loved it too - sad but good.
- I have Anna Karenina in the bedside table - I first read it in my mid 20's and want to read it again and see if the impact is different this time.
- I noticed you are mulling over a few books and so here are my 2 cents worth!: The Gathering - left me feeling desolate; Omnivore's Dilemma - Love it! Read it! Now!; Suite Francais - recent bookclub pick, all enjoyed it immensely; I, Coriander - I really liked it, enough to buy her latest; Arlington Park - so dark but so insightful as to the the more bleak times of motherhood; Black Swan Green - loved it. I also have to put in a plug for his even better earlier work (and my fiction book of last year) Cloud Atlas.

Like you I am mulling over Samantha Hunt's The Invention of Everything Else and Annie Dillard's Maytrees.

I have had Austerlitz on the tbr pile for a while - a bookclub friend said she was "blown away by it" and that I must read it soon so we can discuss it.

Also, cannot wait for the movie version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - I think the choice of leading lady (name escapes me right now) sounds like it could be a good one.

And I'm off to right now to check out Singled Out and The Redbreast - I do like some good non-fiction and literary thrillers. Have you read the second Benjamin Black yet?

Anyway, it was great to get caught up on all your news....


I love Edith Wharton and often think I'd like to read much more of her work. Lovely review, Danielle, and a useful reminder to pick her up again.


Tara--I think I would not likely pick up a book of short stories either if I weren't writing my Sunday posts about them spefically. It's gotten me into a routine. This is a nice edition and I'm glad I found it.
Eva--I'm so glad you liked it. Wasn't the twist great? This is the first short story I've read by her, too, though I'll be reading more. I've read a few of her novels, but that was quite a while ago and I've wanted to read more for ages now.
Gayle--I've seen some of them (I have a Jane Austen design)--they're great aren't they? Now to stitch one of them!! Thanks for the link by the way.
BooksPlease--Edith Wharton is great. If I didn't already have too many books started I'd read along, too. I've wanted to read House of Mirth now for a while!
Nutmeg--I'm glad to hear your back and posting regularly now! Thanks for all your comments on book. I decided not to read the Samantha Hunt--it sounds good, but I've only heard tepid responses and I have too many other library books I need to get to. I've not yet read the new Benjamin Black. It's actually due to be released here in the US tomorrow, I think. I'm on the list at the library, but I might break down and buy it rather than wait. And I can't wait to see Miss Pettigrew, too!
Litlove--I've enjoyed the books I've read by her, too. Every time I make a list of classics I want to read I usually add one of her books, and then never get to it. I can at least squeeze in some short stories!


I share your mindfulness of being succinct and discreet about the plot. For some reasons reading this post reminds me of Rick Steve's tour video on Italy. So romantic the setting is. Now I'm very curious about what happens to the lovers and will seek the story out. :)


I'm so glad you blogged about that story. When I was in college, we did read "Roman Fever" by Wharton (the class was in '98 or thereabouts) and also "Daisy Miller" by Henry Miller and had to compare the two stories. I still remember that! The whole class agreed that "Roman Fever" was much better but here's the sad part: I remember "Daisy Miller" but very little of "Roman Fever" though I preferred it too! And I think even, though I could be spreading false rumors, that "Roman Fever" was Wharton's remake of "Daisy Miller". Wharton and James were great friends and I Do know at least that Newland Archer in "The Age of Innocence" is a response or, if you will, a relation to Isabel Archer of "Portrait of a Lady". I love bits like that.


That sounds great! I have read The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence and really enjoy Wharton's writing. I must get this.


I think I first read "Roman Fever" as a college student, although I'm beginning to wonder if I read it in high school, too. I have an inkling. But anyway, I don't know if it's taught much now, but I actually did use it in conjunction with "The Necklace" when I taught high school. They didn't like "Roman Fever" nearly as much as I did, but I still think it should be taught far and wide! :)

Glad you enjoyed it!


Matt--Definitely look for the story. I know Wharton spent a lot of time abroad, and I was drawn to this story in part for the setting.
Andi--I'm surprised the students didn't like it too much. I loved the twist at the end! The Necklace was great, too. I'm glad I am finally discovering these great stories.

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