'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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February 1, 2013

Edith news



“Even now, however, she was not always happy. She had everything she wanted, but she still felt, at times, that there were other things she might want if she knew about them.”
As soon as I've finished my celebratory re-reading of Pride and Prejudice {this morning, on the bus, Elizabeth was enjoying her first snarkfest with Lady Catherine de Bourgh}, I'll be going back, and looking forward to, my year with Edith.  The Age of Innocence is next, with Dolce Bellezza {and with apologies, since I'm late to my own party}. But I've also just seen that The Mount is marking the centennial of The Custom of the Country, which I've never read, by recreating the installments as they ran in Scribner's Magazine. They'll be available online, here, and run from January through November.



3 comments:

JoAnn said...

Have I mentioned that The Custom of the Country is my favorite Wharton novel? That is one of my favorite quotes, too. Undine Spragg is truly unforgettable!!

Bellezza said...

I'm only halfway through The Age of Innocence, but it is very charming, and I will finish it. Hopefully this weekend! Thanks for the incentive, and the idea, again. xoxo

fleurfisher said...

I've been meaning to re-read 'The Age of Innocence for Ages' but I love 'The Custom of the County' too and the idea of reading 'as published'. Decisions, decisions!

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