Intimate, perceptive, critically acute, funny and moving, this is the first full biography of one of the finest English novelists of the last century.
A rich and powerful new life of a great novelist. The first biography by a British woman writer, it overturns the accepted view, displaying her as a tough, erotically brave, startlingly modern writer. Much more than the biography of Wharton for our generation - it is a touchstone in the art of the biographer, a must for everyone who cares about the period.
Brilliant, readable, lively essays on the problems of reading and writing biography - a hot topic today