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By Chris Kridler and By Chris Kridler,Sun Staff | August 8, 1999
"A Certain Age," by Tama Janowitz. Doubleday. 317 pages. $23.95.Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" is praised for its brilliant satire. But I can't remember a single character in it whom I actually liked. The latter is also true of Tama Janowitz's new novel, "A Certain Age." It's full of despicable people, but at least it fits the definition of satire. The problem is, she picks such easy targets -- the gilded automatons of New York high society -- that her victory is cheap.Janowitz's novels, which include "A Cannibal in Manhattan" and "The Male Cross-Dresser Support Group," have rarely strayed from the Big Apple since she made a splash in the '80s as the "brat pack" writer of "Slaves of New York."
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By Chris Kridler and By Chris Kridler,Sun Staff | August 8, 1999
"A Certain Age," by Tama Janowitz. Doubleday. 317 pages. $23.95.Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" is praised for its brilliant satire. But I can't remember a single character in it whom I actually liked. The latter is also true of Tama Janowitz's new novel, "A Certain Age." It's full of despicable people, but at least it fits the definition of satire. The problem is, she picks such easy targets -- the gilded automatons of New York high society -- that her victory is cheap.Janowitz's novels, which include "A Cannibal in Manhattan" and "The Male Cross-Dresser Support Group," have rarely strayed from the Big Apple since she made a splash in the '80s as the "brat pack" writer of "Slaves of New York."
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By Margaria Fichtner and Margaria Fichtner,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 19, 1993
THE BUCCANEERSEdith Wharton; completedby Marion MainwaringViking406 pages. $22When Edith Wharton died in 1937, she had completed four-fifths of this sophisticated romp about five bold American girls who set out to storm the slopes of British aristocracy in the 1870s. A year later, her literary executor published the manuscript, thoughtfully including the author's plot synopsis. Though sometimes passed off as a fragment, "The Buccaneers" brilliantly showcased Wharton near the top of her form as a social commentator out to wither the pretensions of the nouveau riche:"Who, for example, was that new woman, a Mrs. Closson, or some such name, who had such a dusky skin for her auburn hair, such a fat body for her small uncertain feet, and who, . . . was credibly reported by the domestics to lie for hours on her bedroom sofa smoking -- yes, smoking -- big Havana cigars?"
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By Lisa Schwarzbaum and Lisa Schwarzbaum,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 1997
"Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career," by George Plimpton. Talese/Doubleday. Illustrated. 498 pages. $35.OK, so remarks aren't literature. Still, had Gertrude Stein encountered the literary techniques of George Plimpton, she might have amended that famous bon mot once lobbed to Ernest Hemingway. Remarks are, in fact, biography. Or at least they are when choreographed by the old-pro writer, Paris Review editor, commercial pitchman, actor and literary personage-about-town whose concept of "participatory journalism" is to round up a parade of fellow personages and get them jawing.
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By Morit Chatlynne | March 10, 1996
Edith Wharton garden tourEdith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, but she also wrote many nonfiction travel narratives. William D. Buckman's Travel Time introduces a new tour package, "In the Footsteps of Edith Wharton." This 14-day trip follows the writer's book "Italian Villas and their Gardens." Guides specializing in Italian gardens and villas, along with authorities on Edith Wharton, will lead the tour. For more information, call (800) 621-4725.Posada del Sol is a resort that is far off the beaten path.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | December 8, 1991
Q: My living room is large and square, with a fireplace at one end and windows down the front wall. I can't seem to make the furniture -- basically a sofa, chairs and a desk -- fit so they look comfortable. I have to put the sofa against the far wall, where it seems too far from the fireplace. What can I do?A: Listen to interior designer Margot Gunther on the subject of square rooms. She did the one we show here for the Edith Wharton Showhouse in the Berkshire Mountains. It measured 16 by 16 feet and offered some of the same challenges you face.
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By Valerie Takahama and Valerie Takahama,Orange County Register | January 2, 1994
In her lecture as recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison said it is language -- "in its reach toward the ineffable" -- that allows us to make sense of our existence."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 26, 1993
If there were an Oscar for funny walks, I'm sure Liam Neeson would win it for "Ethan Frome." His version of a post-accident sinner punished by God is something to behold in the new version of the old Edith Wharton classic. He looks as though he's beeIf there were an Oscar for funny walks, I'm sure Liam Neeson would win it for "Ethan Frome." His version of a post-accident sinner punished by God is something to behold in the new version of the old Edith Wharton classic. He looks as though he's been genetically crossbred with an English longbow, but the bend in him is somehow latitudinal, not longitudinal.
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By Lisa Schwarzbaum and Lisa Schwarzbaum,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 1997
"Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career," by George Plimpton. Talese/Doubleday. Illustrated. 498 pages. $35.OK, so remarks aren't literature. Still, had Gertrude Stein encountered the literary techniques of George Plimpton, she might have amended that famous bon mot once lobbed to Ernest Hemingway. Remarks are, in fact, biography. Or at least they are when choreographed by the old-pro writer, Paris Review editor, commercial pitchman, actor and literary personage-about-town whose concept of "participatory journalism" is to round up a parade of fellow personages and get them jawing.
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By Anne Whitehouse | August 18, 1991
THE JAMESES: A FAMILY NARRATIVE. R. W. B. Lewis. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 696 pages. $35. The James family, which in one generation produced two great men, the psychologist and philosopher William and the writer Henry, is perhaps America's most esteemed family of letters. Probably no other American family has chronicled itself more articulately or voluminously, or has been more studied by ++ scholars. Drawing on the wealth of materials and sources, R. W. B. Lewis -- author of a prize-winning biography of Edith Wharton -- has compiled a three-generational saga of this remarkable family, from the arrival of the founding patriarch, William, from Ireland in 1789 to the death of his grandson, Henry, in 1916.
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By Morit Chatlynne | March 10, 1996
Edith Wharton garden tourEdith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, but she also wrote many nonfiction travel narratives. William D. Buckman's Travel Time introduces a new tour package, "In the Footsteps of Edith Wharton." This 14-day trip follows the writer's book "Italian Villas and their Gardens." Guides specializing in Italian gardens and villas, along with authorities on Edith Wharton, will lead the tour. For more information, call (800) 621-4725.Posada del Sol is a resort that is far off the beaten path.
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By Valerie Takahama and Valerie Takahama,Orange County Register | January 2, 1994
In her lecture as recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison said it is language -- "in its reach toward the ineffable" -- that allows us to make sense of our existence."
NEWS
By Margaria Fichtner and Margaria Fichtner,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 19, 1993
THE BUCCANEERSEdith Wharton; completedby Marion MainwaringViking406 pages. $22When Edith Wharton died in 1937, she had completed four-fifths of this sophisticated romp about five bold American girls who set out to storm the slopes of British aristocracy in the 1870s. A year later, her literary executor published the manuscript, thoughtfully including the author's plot synopsis. Though sometimes passed off as a fragment, "The Buccaneers" brilliantly showcased Wharton near the top of her form as a social commentator out to wither the pretensions of the nouveau riche:"Who, for example, was that new woman, a Mrs. Closson, or some such name, who had such a dusky skin for her auburn hair, such a fat body for her small uncertain feet, and who, . . . was credibly reported by the domestics to lie for hours on her bedroom sofa smoking -- yes, smoking -- big Havana cigars?"
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 26, 1993
If there were an Oscar for funny walks, I'm sure Liam Neeson would win it for "Ethan Frome." His version of a post-accident sinner punished by God is something to behold in the new version of the old Edith Wharton classic. He looks as though he's beeIf there were an Oscar for funny walks, I'm sure Liam Neeson would win it for "Ethan Frome." His version of a post-accident sinner punished by God is something to behold in the new version of the old Edith Wharton classic. He looks as though he's been genetically crossbred with an English longbow, but the bend in him is somehow latitudinal, not longitudinal.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | December 8, 1991
Q: My living room is large and square, with a fireplace at one end and windows down the front wall. I can't seem to make the furniture -- basically a sofa, chairs and a desk -- fit so they look comfortable. I have to put the sofa against the far wall, where it seems too far from the fireplace. What can I do?A: Listen to interior designer Margot Gunther on the subject of square rooms. She did the one we show here for the Edith Wharton Showhouse in the Berkshire Mountains. It measured 16 by 16 feet and offered some of the same challenges you face.
NEWS
By Anne Whitehouse | August 18, 1991
THE JAMESES: A FAMILY NARRATIVE. R. W. B. Lewis. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 696 pages. $35. The James family, which in one generation produced two great men, the psychologist and philosopher William and the writer Henry, is perhaps America's most esteemed family of letters. Probably no other American family has chronicled itself more articulately or voluminously, or has been more studied by ++ scholars. Drawing on the wealth of materials and sources, R. W. B. Lewis -- author of a prize-winning biography of Edith Wharton -- has compiled a three-generational saga of this remarkable family, from the arrival of the founding patriarch, William, from Ireland in 1789 to the death of his grandson, Henry, in 1916.
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July 29, 2007
The Emperor's Children By Claire Messud A robust, canny and surprisingly searching novel told with a light-handed irony that is, by turns, as measured as Edith Wharton's and as cutting as Tom Wolfe's. Messud, in her fourth novel, selected as one of the best of 2006 by many reviewers, is wickedly observant of pretensions - intellectual, sexual, class and gender.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer | September 29, 1994
After having an office tower, airport terminal and several campus buildings named after him, Gov. William Donald Schaefer will soon be able to visit a hospital wing bearing his name as well.The University of Maryland Medical System is about to begin construction of the William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan, a $30 million, 128-bed medical facility on the grounds of the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital near Woodlawn.The two-level building will replace Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital on Argonne Drive, the state's largest and only free-standing rehabilitation facility.
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