When: Fridays, Jan 24 – Feb 14, 9:30-11:30am
Where: Resurrection Lutheran Church
Cost: $120.00 for 4 session(s) includes reading packet
Instructor: William A. Fry PHD a founding member of the Learning Curve faculty, taught literature and writing at a Maryland college for more than thirty years.
The Friendship of Edith Wharton and Henry James
Oro Valley Session
Edith Jones Wharton (1862-1937) was a millionairess of impeccable Old New York pedigree (“Keeping up with the Joneses” originated with her wealthy family). She was beginning her literary career when she first met Henry James (1843-1916) who was from a distinguished academic family and already an acclaimed American novelist. These two literary figures who portray the lifestyles of the rich and famous of the late 19th century became the closest of friends for many years – until Henry’s death in England in 1916.
Edith nicknamed Henry “The Master” and Henry nicknamed Edith “The Millionairess.” These two award-winning authors are considered the masters of literary realism in America in a period Mark Twain called “the Gilded Age”.
Wharton and James spent long periods visiting each other in both America and Europe and influencing each other’s novels and short stories depicting the difference between American and European cultures.
Please join Dr. Bill Fry for a glimpse into the powerful friendship that both Wharton and James considered one of the most important in their lives.