French Ways and Their Meaning.
First edition, first impression, UK issue. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For my dear Matilda, with my love, Edith”. Matilda Gay was a fellow American expatriate in France and one of Wharton’s closest friends. Gay described Wharton as an “intelligent, brilliant woman”. She was “immensely sympathetic to her during the break-up with Teddy, and was one of her most active and committed supporters in the war years” (Lee, Hermione. Edith Wharton, pages 273-274). Apropos this presentation, the two women saw eye-to-eye on French culture, both complaining that the Americans around them never seemed to “assimilate the intellectual side of French life” (Lee, page 273). A wonderful association.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Lightly rubbed at extremities, a few small marks to cloth, spine title dulled, free endpapers browned, light grey spots to pages 122 and 123. An excellent copy.
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