Monday, June 29, 2009

Edith Wharton, Reconsidered

According to a New Yorker article by Rebecca Mead, among the info to be learned from letters Edith Wharton (née Edith Newbold Jones) wrote to her governess, Anna Bahlmann, is this little gem: Wharton referred to herself as “the naughty girl, Miss Pussy.”

Naturally, Mead cannot resist and thus goes on to write, when discussing Wharton’s critical view of her own upbringing, “… but the deprivations of Pussy Jones were cultural rather than economic…”

Edith Wharton, the original Bond Girl? Hmmm….

Sort of makes you want to re-read The Age of Innocence, doesn’t it?

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