Edna His Wife: An American Idyll

Edna His Wife An American Idyll Edna is a sadly unsophisticated wife She was first attracted to Paul Jones by his handsome appearance and his thrilling rise to success as a brilliant young lawyer from an orphanage childhood But afte
  • Title: Edna His Wife: An American Idyll
  • Author: Margaret Ayer Barnes
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  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edna His Wife: An American Idyll
    Edna is a sadly unsophisticated wife She was first attracted to Paul Jones by his handsome appearance and his thrilling rise to success as a brilliant young lawyer from an orphanage childhood But after their marriage she finds that she is too self conscious and unskilled in conversation to fit into her successful husband s circles, either in Chicago, where they spend theEdna is a sadly unsophisticated wife She was first attracted to Paul Jones by his handsome appearance and his thrilling rise to success as a brilliant young lawyer from an orphanage childhood But after their marriage she finds that she is too self conscious and unskilled in conversation to fit into her successful husband s circles, either in Chicago, where they spend the first years of their marriage, or in Washington where they live during the World War I years, or in New York, where he carries on an affair with another woman for fifteen years without arousing Edna s suspicions Edna, His Wife demonstrates well Mrs Barnes skill in portraying the flavor of an era, but than that, the novel presents two of her best characterizations in Edna and Paul, who are made poignantly real These two become a caricature of the ideal couple, and point up most effectively the continuing plight of the stay at home wife The first half of the book, covering the years from 1900 to 1914, is set in Blue Island and Chicago.
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  • Margaret Ayer Barnes

    Margaret Ayer Barnes April 8, 1886, Chicago, Illinois October 25, 1967, Cambridge, Massachusetts was an American playwright, novelist, and short story writer.She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned an A.B degree in 1907 She married Cecil Barnes in 1910, and had three sons, Cecil Jr Edward Larrabee and Benjamin Ayer In 1920, Barnes was elected alumnae director of Bryn Mawr and served three years As director, she helped to organize the Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, which offered an alternative educational program for women workers within a traditional institution Consisting mainly of young, single immigrant women with little to no academic background, the summer program offered courses in progressive education, liberal arts and economics Women in the program were encouraged to develop confidence as speakers, writers and leaders in the workplace.In 1926, at age 40, she broke her back in a traffic accident, and, with the encouragement of friend and playwright Edward Sheldon, took up writing as a way to occupy her time Between 1926 and 1930 she wrote several short stories and three plays, including an adaptation of Edith Wharton s novel The Age of Innocence She won the Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1931 for Years of Grace.A 1936 lawsuit against Metro Goldwyn Mayer for copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the motion picture Letty Lynton 1932 plagiarized material from the play Dishonored Lady by Edward Sheldon and Barnes The film is still unavailable today because of this lawsuit.Her son was architect Edward Larrabee Barnes Her older sister, Janet Ayer Fairbank, was also a notable writer, and her niece Janet Fairbank 1903 1947 was a well known operatic singer.

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