First printing, first state, of this Jazz-Age assessment of Modernism through the lens of the most famous woman author of the era, in the scarce original dust jacket.
"Wharton rereads this modernist hero from her own very different point of view." – Judith L. Sensibar
Judith L. Sensibar reads THE CHILDREN as a meditation "Modernism's Representative Man," best exemplified by Prufrock; while an enormous popular success, the book's implied critique of Modernism was not received well by contemporary writers and critics: "Judging the novel by traditional modernist criteria, readers overlook its revisionist strategies" (Sensibar). Increasingly, the book's nuanced commentary on Modernism has gained appreciation, placing it back into conversations about Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and other major writers of Wharton's era.
Read more: Sensibar, "Edith Wharton Reads the Bachelor Type: Her Critique of Modernism's Representative Man," in Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays, 160-1; Garrison, Edith Wharton: A Descriptive Bibliography, A 42.1.a.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1928. 7.75'' x 5.5''. Original black cloth lettered in yellow. In original unclipped ($2.50) orange printed dust jacket (Garrison's "C," no priority). Cream endpapers, fore-edge and bottom edge uncut. Page 122.23 with "you...my"; page 135.14 with "motors." , 347,  pages. Ink owner name on front pastedown, faint rubbing to front joint of book. Jacket with faint soiling, shallow chipping to spine ends and one corner, a couple closed tears with attendant tape repairs on verso: overall a beautifully intact example of this book.
Near fine in very good jacket.
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