WHARTON, EDITH. Group of 9 autograph letters signed ("Edith," "E.W.," "Edith W.") to Sara Iselin, discussing various matters (some literary). V.p. (Boston, Paris, London, Newport, etc.), v.d. [circa 1900]. Together approximately 35 pages, various small 8vo sizes, most on various letterhead stationary, condition varies (one letter with corner chipped with some loss of text, one with closed tears), otherwise very good.
An interesting correspondence to her friend Sara Islelin, commenting on society, art & architecture, her work, and her travels (among other things) during the "Age of Innocence."
Boston, May 1, no year: "...My visit to Boston has been quiet but pleasant. We found people scattering to the country, but we have dined out several times, & of course have seen the Palazzo Gardner. Her collection is marvellous, & looks beautifully in its new setting, but a spirit of opposition is roused in me when I am told that 'there is nothing like it in Europe'... I have had a delightful time at the Museum, where Mr. Robinson is just unpacking his new collection of Greek terra-cottas..."
Paris, November 8, 1911: "It was most kind of you to write me about 'Ethan Frome,' & I'm so glad you like it. Here I am back in Paris, where I don't in the least want to be, so early in the winter, or late in the autumn, rather; but I am anxious to do some work & this seems the best place to be quiet & uninterrupted..."
Paris, April 1, no year : "Dear Sara, I was so glad to get your letter that you would have had a reply to it long ago if I hadn't, at the moment, been immersed in a short novel which is to appear this summer in Scribner's. When I am working hard it is difficult for me to write, as my wrist grows tired; & I didn't want to dictate a letter to you... The result is that I feel much better & that my work is done; & another one started!..." (9)