One of America’s great novelists, Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921. In addition to her well-known novels, Wharton also wrote finely executed short stories and richly layered novellas. She was born into upper-crust New York society in 1862, and until her death in 1937, she wrote penetratingly of this society, usually satirically, always eloquently. During this study group, we will concentrate on selected short fiction, using the text The New York Stories of Edith Wharton (selected and intro by Roxana Robinson) New York Review of Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-59017-248-3. In addition, a short story or two will come to members of the class as handouts. Join us as we study the short stories of this sublime and important writer.