October 26, 2014

Something to celebrate today!

From today's The Writer's Almanac:

It was on this day in 1900 that Henry James  wrote his first letter to the budding novelist Edith Wharton, beginning a long friendship. Wharton was an admirer of James's work, and she sent him one of the first short stories she ever wrote, about a young woman in Europe. He wrote back to say that he liked the story but he also said, "Be tethered in native pastures, even if it reduces [you] to a back-yard in New York." His advice inspired her to write about the New York society she'd grown up in, and the result was The House of Mirth (1905), which became her first big success.

It's becoming an annual occurrencee, inadvertently, but that's only right ... it's a day that has given me a lot of reading joy!


JoAnn said...

Definitely cause for celebration! What are you reading to mark the date?

fleurfisher said...

Well done Henry James! It's definitely time I read another Edith Wharton novel.

JaneGS said...

Interesting day in history. Without James, Wharton might not have become Wharton.