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The reef

a novel

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This edition was published in by Syndicate publishing co. in New York.

The Reef, a semi-autobiographical novel that attacks the hypocrisies of New York society of which author Edith Wharton had long been a member, was praised by contemporaries as her best work since Ethan Frome. The novel challenged the morality of the times in the person of George Darrow, a diplomat who drifts into an affair with another woman after his proposal of marriage to widow Anna Leath receives a cool response.

When The Reef appeared in 1912, reviewers found Edith Wharton's novel of American expatriates in France sordid and even shocking. George Darrow, an American diplomat, is in love with the recently widowed Anna Leath. On his way to visit her in France, he finds himself accompanying Sophy Viner, a young American he has briefly met in the past, on her way to Paris. A minutely rendered anatomy of social ambiguity, the implications of this Parisian prologue inform the remainder of the novel, as Darrow's, Anna's, and Sophy's lives become increasingly and intricately interdependent. Obliquely but intensely autobiographical, written following the dissolution of her marriage and her move from America to France, The Reef explores Wharton's ambivalent sense of both her newly adopted country and her unexpectedly awakened sexuality. A brilliant and compelling work, it is both a neglected and genuinely distinguished novel and a revealing document in modern sexual history.

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December 2005, North Books
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December 2005, North Books
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2005, IndyPublish
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June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
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2004, Fictionwise, Inc.
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October 2002, IndyPublish.com
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October 2002, IndyPublish.com
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2000, Avon Books
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1998, Oxford University Press
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March 1, 1997, Manesse-Verlag
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1997, CIHM (McLeod & Allen)
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1996, Everyman
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1996, Scribner Paperback Fiction
in English - 1st Scribner paperback fiction ed.
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1996, A.A. Knopf
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July 15, 1996, Everyman's Library
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January 1, 1995, Penguin Classics
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January 1, 1995, Penguin Classics
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1994, Penguin books
in English
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January 1991, Audio Book Contractors
Audio Cassette in English
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1987, Collier Books
in English - 1st Collier Books ed.
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August 1, 1984, Scribner Paper Fiction
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1983, Virago
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December 1, 1977, Scribner
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1965, Scribner
in English
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The reef
1965, Scribner
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The reef
1965, Scribner
in English
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The reef
1927, D. Appleton
in English
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December 1, 1919, Classic Publishers
Library Binding in English
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1914, C. Scribner
in English
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The reef, a novel.
1914, C. Scribner
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1912, Syndicate Publishing Company
in English
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The reef: a novel
1912, D. Appleton
in English
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The reef: a novel
1912, D. Appleton and Company
in English
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The reef: a novel
1912, Syndicate publishing co.
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El arrecife/ The Reef (Contemporanea/ Contemporary)
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Paperback in Spanish / español
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The reef
Publish date unknown, Collier Books
- 1st Collier Books ed.

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The Reef

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The Reef, a semi-autobiographical novel that attacks the hypocrisies of New York society of which author Edith Wharton had long been a member, was praised by contemporaries as her best work since Ethan Frome. The novel challenged the morality of the times in the person of George Darrow, a diplomat who drifts into an affair with another woman after his proposal of marriage to widow Anna Leath receives a cool response.

When The Reef appeared in 1912, reviewers found Edith Wharton's novel of American expatriates in France sordid and even shocking. George Darrow, an American diplomat, is in love with the recently widowed Anna Leath. On his way to visit her in France, he finds himself accompanying Sophy Viner, a young American he has briefly met in the past, on her way to Paris. A minutely rendered anatomy of social ambiguity, the implications of this Parisian prologue inform the remainder of the novel, as Darrow's, Anna's, and Sophy's lives become increasingly and intricately interdependent. Obliquely but intensely autobiographical, written following the dissolution of her marriage and her move from America to France, The Reef explores Wharton's ambivalent sense of both her newly adopted country and her unexpectedly awakened sexuality. A brilliant and compelling work, it is both a neglected and genuinely distinguished novel and a revealing document in modern sexual history.

The reef

a novel

This edition was published in by Syndicate publishing co. in New York.


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OL7125900M
Internet Archive
thereefanovel00wharrich
OCLC/WorldCat
290864

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