First printing of the Jazz-Age novel published at the peak of Wharton's career, skillfully assessing the effects of gender roles in high society.
"You are the only author in the field who is writing literature and at the same time being paid the high figure which is usually the reward of tosh" – Wharton's editor at Appleton, 1922
Fresh off becoming the first woman novelist to win a Pulitzer Prize for AGE OF INNOCENCE, in this book Wharton "has at last laid claim to her own narrative authority," according to Dianne L. Chambers. Wharton addressed the effects of gendered obstacles women face in HOUSE OF MIRTH, but in GLIMPSES OF THE MOON she analyses the causes underlying those obstacles, critiquing "broader cultural narratives about romantic love, female virtue, and motherhood" (Chambers). Popular upon publication, the book was not received favorably by critics and has only recently been revitalized as an important late career work.
Read more: Chambers, "Gender and Perfomance in THE GLIMPSES OF THE MOON," in Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton, 126; Garrison, Edith Wharton: A Descriptive Bibliography, A 31.I.a(1).
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922. 7.5'' x 5''. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered front board and spine. In original unclipped ($2.00) color pictorial dust jacket with printed ads on verso. Publisher's ads at rear. , 364, ,  pages. Small ink owner mark on rear pastedown. Gilt on book spine somewhat darkened. Jacket with some shallow chipping, a few closed tears and faint rubbing: overall remarkably intact and bright.
Near-fine in very good plus jacket.
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