Thursday, April 10, 2014

                                                                                                                                                             The last thirty years of Edith Wharton’s larger-than-life life took place in France.  They were her most exciting and fruitful years, writing her finest work, frequenting a dazzling social and intellectual world, her mentor Henry James among them, and experiencing a torrid clandestine love affair.  In Paris she lived on the Rue de Varenne in the fashionable Faubourg Saint-Germain, in the 7th Arrondissement, where the final scene of her most famous novel The Age of Innocence takes place. One day I would like to do a walking tour of Edith Wharton’s neighbourhood. It has a tremendously rich history of writers who lived in or frequented the district.  As one example, please take a look at my little piece about the friendship of Auguste Rodin and Rainer Maria Rilke, which originated in Richard Nahem’s lively I Prefer Paris blog, as did the Edith Wharton piece.  Here is the link to the Wharton story: 

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