It was published by D. Appleton & Company. It concerns a romance between a widow and her former lover.
It was published by D. The novel takes place in Paris and rural France, but primarily features American characters. In a letter to Bernard Berenson in November 1912, Wharton expressed regret regarding her novel, calling it a poor miserable lifeless lump.
BOOK I. I. "Unexpected obstacle. She spoke of him with a kind of impersonal seriousness, as if hehad been a character in a novel or a figure in history; and what shesaid sounded as though it had been learned by heart and slightly dulledby repetition. This fact immensely increased Darrow's impression thathis meeting with her had annihilated the intervening years.
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.
Set in Paris and rural France, the plot revolves around the romance of widow and her former lover. A gripping tale of jealousy and betrayal, "The Reef" is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Wharton's fantastic work.
Her major works include The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize, the first awarded to a woman.
She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided. Library of Congress, Washington, .
The book offers a piercingly insightful look into a complicated family dynamic that stems from the intertwined relationships of several generations of star-crossed lovers.
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In this novel, as in many of Wharton’s other well known novels, we see the eternal love triangle. With her sly and lovely writing style, Wharton delivers to us in this wonderful novel a cast of unforgettable characters and many unforgettable scenes which we can vividly imagine. What would Darrow choose: success or love? Would Anna marry him despite his affair with Sophy? (Summary by Stav Nisser. First Page: THE REEF. BOOK I.