By Émile Zola
Voici un roman centré autour d'un personnage, et ce personnage lui-même ne vit que par et pour los angeles politique. Voici un roman où los angeles politique ne fait pas une apparition occasionnelle, comme dans L'Education sentimentale ou même dans Lucien Leuwen, mais qui, d'emblée, se suggest de montrer les coulisses gouvernementales, aussi bien les facets officiels de los angeles vie politique que ses dessous, nous fait assister à une séance de l'Assemblée et à un Conseil des ministres. Un roman qui présente l'ambition politique comme une idée fixe, comme une ardour mobilisant toutes les forces d'un homme. Ce n'est pas une mince originalité, du moins à los angeles fin du XIXe siècle. Rassurons-nous, en effet, toute cette histoire se passe sous le moment Empire : aucune allusion à notre époque n'est à craindre. Et pourtant...
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18 This is very close to her thematic statement in The House of Mirth when the disillusioned Lily realizes 舠for the first time that a woman舗s dignity may cost more to keep up than her carriage; and that the maintenance of a moral attribute should be dependent on dollars and cents, made the world appear a more sordid place than she had conceived it舡 (p. 181). 舡19 Wharton indicates the dominant themes of the novel through another literary work, Jean de la BruyȲre舗s CaractȲres (1688), which Lily examines on her first visit to Selden舗s apartment and sees again at the end of the book.
Poet Carl Sandburg舗s Good Morning, America is published. 1930 Wharton is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She continues to write, although her health is failing . Robert Frost舗s Collected Poems is published. 1934 Wharton publishes 舠Roman Fever舡 in Liberty magazine for the then-astronomical sum of $3,000; one of her best-known short stories, it is based on her travels in Italy. 1937 After a severe stroke, Edith Wharton dies on August 11. She is buried in Versailles, France. INTRODUCTION I At a London dinner party in 1908, the young Somerset Maugham found Edith Wharton, then aged forty-six, impressive and condescending: 舠She was a smallish woman, with fine eyes, regular features and a pale clear skin drawn rather tightly over the bones of her face.
THE WORLD OF EDITH WHARTON AND THE HOUSE OF MIRTH 1862 Edith Newbold Jones is born January 24 in New York City, the last of three children. Her parents are wealthy and socially well-connected. 1866 The Jones family leaves for Europe, where they will live for the next six years. 1870 In Germany, Edith falls ill with typhoid fever and for a time hovers between life and death. When she recovers, the family moves to Florence. Edith begins writing stories, which she recites to her family. 1872 The Joneses return to America, where they live in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island.