More Letters From Edith!

Connie Speaking at “The Mount”

Just as my Edith Wharton biography was going to press, a stash of letters from Edith to her governess (and later secretary) was discovered.  How can I get my hands on those? I wondered.  The answer wasn’t long in coming.  In April of 2011, when I spoke at The Mount, I met Irene Goldman-Price who was hard at work editing the very letters I was lusting after!

Irene’s book My Dear Governess; The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann, will be available at the end of May and the reviews indicate she’s done a particularly wonderful job of locating  the letters in the context of Edith’s life.  I know from hard experience that Edith’s energetic travels made it hard to keep up with her.

The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton

By Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge


Edith Wharton, author of Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and other acclaimed novels, was born into a wealthy New York City family during the Gilded Age. In fact, she was a Jones of “keeping up with the Joneses” fame.  This anecdote opens Woodridge’s biography of an astonishing life.  Beginning in childhood, Edith found ways to escape from society’s and her family’s expectations and follow an unconventional, creative path. Unhappily married and eventually divorced, she surrounded herself with the cultural creatives of her day, mostly male friends.  To escape the obligations of New York City high society, she spent much of her life in Paris and was recognized by the French government for her work establishing four charities during World War I. Her literary and personal life, her witty and incisive correspondence, her fondness for automobiles and small dogs–all are detailed in this vibrant account of a woman well ahead of her time.  Includes photographs, a bibliography, source notes, and an index.

Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, Author

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