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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton


Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and designer. Wharton drew upon her insider's knowledge of the upper class New York "aristocracy" to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921.

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The Verdict

A man seeks out the truth behind the sudden withdrawal of a well-known painter from the art world three years before.

19 min read

The Fulness Of Life

A romantic vision of the afterlife.

46 min read


* Story contains bad language

A prospective buyer goes to look round a French chateau (complete with chapel and tombs) but finds the place deserted - apart from a strange

56 min read


* Story contains bad language

Mary Boyne and her husband, requiring a country home in England after a business windfall, acquire a reputedly haunted house.

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The Dilettante

The story of a man's manipulative relationship with two women.

39 min read

The Reckoning

A couple are in agreement on the ethics of marriage but personal feelings, inevitably, intrude.

43 min read


* Story contains bad language

The members of a women's Lunch Club - an organisation rife with political infighting - are keen to impress a distinguished guest.

49 min read

The House Of The Dead Hand

With the promise of a viewing of a lost Leonardo masterpiece, a man visits the home of the obsessive Dr. Lombard and his daughter.

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The Bolted Door

* Story contains bad language

A suicidal playwright, finding himself unable to do the deed on his own, attempts an unconventional method involving the confession of a dar

33 min read

A Venetian Night's Entertainment

* Story contains bad language

A renowned judge recalls a youthful adventure in Venice that began with an encounter with the beautiful Polixena Cador.

36 min read

The Other Two

A man finds his life increasingly intertwined with those of his wife's previous two husbands.

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Mrs. Manstey's View

The only pleasure in the life of a lonely widow is the dismal view from her third floor New York boarding house.