Edith Wharton Reveals the ‘Deeper Processes’ Behind Her Art

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In the ideas issue of The Atlantic last summer—“How Genius Happens”—we missed a chance to resurrect a fascinating piece from 1933. It’s called “Confessions of a Novelist,” and it’s by one of magazine’s most illustrious contributors. At 71, Edith Wharton could have been forgiven for feeling a little defensive. Her novels had once been hailed as revolutionary, but now her name was often prefaced by “the killing word ‘distinguished,’” as her biographer Hermione Lee puts it. The Depression had been hard on Wharton. (“Like everyone in America, I find my income diminishing day by day,” she wrote her publisher.) Magazine

Article source: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/edith-wharton-reveals-her-writing-process/385505/

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