Why did we read House of Mirth when Edith Wharton penned a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence?
It’s a legitimate question. What little research I’ve done purports that she wrote AOI as an “apology” for HOM. So, did we read her early work because it was a greater expose of the flawed moral and social structures of early 20th century urban American life? Did Wharton go to far, or was her apology simply a bend to the very societal pressures she had condemned?
Or did SWB just go “eeny-meeny-miney-mo?”