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by Penelope Vita-Finzi
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    Penelope Vita-Finzi
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    Pinter Pub Ltd; First Edition edition (June 1, 1990)
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by Penelope Vita-Finzi.

by Penelope Vita-Finzi.

The central mystery to the craft of fiction, according to Ms. Wharton (and it remains so to moderns) is the progressive revelation of character in such a way that the modifying and maturing of the characters shall seem not an arbitrary sleight of hand but the natural result of growth in age and experience.

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Vita-Finzi (English literature and theatre studies, Ealing College, London) explores Wharton's concept of the artist through a study of her fiction, published and unpublished, and autobiographical material. She shows that Wharton's views were rooted in 19th century thought rather than contemporary literary and intellectual debates, and refutes the view of Wharton as a standard 19th century "woman writer".

27. Arnold Bennett, The Author's Craft and Other Critical Writings of Arnold Bennett, ed. Samuel Hynes (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1968), pp. 256–257.

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Wharton drew upon her insider's knowledge of the upper class New York "aristocracy" to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

254 writing a war story down again to battle with the art of ction. Her perseverance was rewarded, and after a while the fellow authors (though Mademoiselle disclaimed any right to the honors of literary partnership) arrived at what seemed to both a satisfactory result. You’ve written a very beautiful story, my dear, Made-moiselle sighed with moist eyes; and Ivy modestly agreed that she had.