Carol Singley, General Editor of the Complete Works of Edith Wharton

Volume 12: Ethan Frome; Volume 30 (with Donna Campbell): Unpublished Fiction and Plays

Carol J. Singley (Ph.D. Brown University, M.A., B.A. Pennsylvania State University) is a Professor of English and a Fellow at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies. She directs the Undergraduate Liberal Studies Program and co-directs the American Studies Program, which includes an option for interdisciplinary studies of Walt Whitman. She serves on the board of the Walt Whitman Association, which helps to support historic preservation, education, and tourism at Whitman’s home in Camden. She formerly directed the Women’s Studies Program. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Antiquarian Association, and the Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture.

A scholar of Edith Wharton, Carol Singley is author of a book about religion in Wharton’s fiction, Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and editor of three volumes on Wharton: a New Riverside Edition of The Age of Innocence (2001), the Oxford Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford University Press, 2003) and The House of Mirth Casebook (Oxford University Press, 2003). She is past president of the Edith Wharton Society. Currently she is examining constructions of childhood in American literature.


wegener-1-300x225Frederick Wegener, Associate Editor of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton

Volume  5: Critical Writings
Volume 25: The Writing of Fiction

Frederick Wegener is a professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, and a scholar principally of American literature between 1865 and 1940. He served previously on the faculty of Boston University, Brandeis University, and Fordham University. His scholarship on Wharton includes Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings (Princeton University Press, 1996; paperback reprint, 1999), which he edited, annotated, and introduced, and numerous articles: “Edith Wharton and the Difficult Writing of The Writing of Fiction” (1995), “Form, ‘Selection,’ and Ideology in Edith Wharton’s Anti-Modernist Aesthetic” (1997), “Edith Wharton on French Colonial Charities for Women” (1998), “‘Rabid Imperialist’: Edith Wharton and the Obligations of Empire in Modern American Fiction” (2000), “Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, and the Divided Heritage of American Literary Feminism” (2000), and “Edith Wharton and Ronald Simmons: Documenting a Pivotal Wartime Friendship” (2002). He has also produced the Penguin Classics edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel A Country Doctor as well as articles on Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles W. Chesnutt, and others. He has served multiple terms as an at-large member of the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review. He is associate editor of the thirty-volume The Complete Works of Edith Wharton (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


darkphoto3Donna M. Campbell, Associate Editor of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton

Volume 10: The House of Mirth
Volume 30 (with Carol Singley): Unpublished Fiction and plays

Donna Campbell is professor of English at Washington State University, where she has recently held the Buchanan Distinguished  Professorship (2019-2021). Her work has focused on Wharton’s relationships to her American contemporaries and to American naturalism. Recent publications include “Edith Wharton and Naturalism,” in Edith Wharton in Context (Cambridge UP, 2012), “Edith Wharton Meets Aquaman: The Glimpses of the Moon and Imperiled Male Culture in Entourage” (Journal of Popular Culture, 2012), and “The Next 150 Years: Wharton Goes Digital” in the Edith Wharton Review, a version of the keynote address she gave at the Edith Wharton in Florence conference in June 2012. In 2011 she received an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship for “Cinema, Technology, and Modern Visual Culture in the Fiction of Edith Wharton.”  She has been creating digital projects, including designing web sites for The Edith Wharton Society and her American literature sites since 1997. She has worked with MERLOT, the NINES project, and other online projects, and in 2011, 2015, and 2017 she participated in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Her second book, which includes several sections on Wharton, is Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing (University of Georgia Press, 2016).

Paul Ohler, Associate Editor of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton

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Paul Ohler teaches in the Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is the author of Edith Wharton’s Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in Her Major Novels (Routledge). His work has appeared in The Edith Wharton ReviewEnglish Studies in Canada, and America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture(U of Georgia Press). His most recent publications include an essay in The New Wharton Studies (Cambridge UP), an article on Wharton’s short stories in Studies in American Naturalism, and an essay in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton. He has given numerous talks on Wharton’s fiction at the American Literature Association Conference, the Modern Language Association convention, and other conferences, and he is a past editor of the Edith Wharton Review

Volume 1: Poems
Edited by James Gifford

From the Fairleigh Dickinson University web site at https://www.fdu.edu/profiles/james_gifford/ :

I joined FDU’s Vancouver Campus in 2008 and also teach online courses for students on all FDU campuses. I’ve been a Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University and was an Assistant Professor (LT) and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria before joining FDU. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès. I also pursue significant studies in Music, opera performance, and Digital Humanities. My monographs include Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes (Alberta, 2014) and A Modernist Fantasy: Anarchism, Modernism, and the Radical Fantastic (ELS Editions, 2018). I have also edited several collections, scholarly editions, and open education resources. These include critical editions of Lawrence Durrell’s first two novels (praised in the Times Literary Supplement); a collection of Durrell’s prose, From the Elephant’s Back; an open edition of the 1923 and 1924 textual state of Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time; and an open edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I am the primary or sole author of more than fifty articles and book chapters in publications ranging from Modernism/modernityEnglish Studies in CanadaTextual PracticeJournal of Modern LiteratureCanadian LiteratureMosaic, and The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. I have regularly sat on prize committees, including the MLA Book Prize for Scholarly Editions, the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, and the Robert K. Martin book prize of the Canadian Association of American Studies. I also publish poetry and creative non-fiction.


Vol. 3: Short Stories II: 1904-1914
Edited by Stephen Arch

Stephen Arch is the author of two books: Authorizing the Past: The Rhetoric of History in Seventeenth-Century New England and After Franklin: The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary America, 1780–1830. His scholarly articles have appeared in Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, The William and Mary Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2015, he published a critical textual edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1838 novel, Homeward Bound (New York: AMS Press). He will published a second critical edition of a Cooper novel, Home as Found, in 2021. He serves as Associate Lead Editor of The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper. Arch’s current research interests include gothic literature, scholarly editing, and the literature of sports. He served as Department chair from 2007-2012, and as associate chair from 1998-2003 and in 2006. He was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands in 1996. (from https://people.cal.msu.edu/arch/)


Vol. 4: Short Stories III: 1915-1937
Edited by Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities, Holy Cross 
Fields: Modernist and Postmodernist Fiction (American and European); Literary Revisions of Popular Narrative Genres (Folktale, Detective Story, Gothic Romance); 19th Century American Literature, esp. Poe, Hawthorne, and Dickinson; 20th Century Comparative Literature, esp. Nabokov https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/english/faculty/susan-elizabeth-sweeney


Francis MorroneVolume 6: Writings on Architecture, Design, and Gardens
Edited by Francis Morrone

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and the author of eleven books including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (W.W. Norton, 2013); The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (with Henry Hope Reed, W.W. Norton, 2011); and  architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. As a historic preservation consultant he has written countless building histories and neighborhood surveys in New York and beyond. He worked as an art and architecture critic for the New York Sun. Collectively, his work represents one of the most comprehensive bodies of research on the built history of New York City. He has taught at NYUSPS for nineteen years, and is the recipient of the SPS Excellence in Teaching Award. (from https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/faculty/7730-francis-morrone.html


DSC_6712-2 Rita Bode_1Volume 7: Novellas
Edited by Rita Bode

Rita Bode (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is a professor of English Literature at Trent University, Canada. Her work on Wharton focuses on Wharton in the transatlantic context of Victorian and early 20th century British writers, such as George Eliot and Joseph Conrad. Recent work on Wharton includes “Wharton’s Italian Women: ‘My Beloved Romola’” in Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, co-edited by Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando (2016). Her interest in Wharton reflects her broader research on the transnational relations and connections among women writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Articles on the epistolary and literary relationship between George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe appear in Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World (U of New Hampshire P, 2017) and Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain (U of New Hampshire P, 2012). She has co-edited two volumes of essays on popular Canadian writer, L. M. Montgomery, a contemporary of Wharton’s: L. M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018) and L. M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-42 (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015).


""Volume 8: The Valley of Decision (1902)
Edited by Margaret Jay Jessee 

Margaret Jay Jessee is Associate Professor of English and Director of English Undergraduate Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the author of Female Physicians in American Literature: Abortion in 19th-Century Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2022).  Her work on Wharton has appeared in JML: Journal of Modern Literature, Critical Insights: Edith Wharton (edited by Myrto Drizou, Salem Press, 2017), and The Age of Innocence: New Centennial Essays (edited by Arielle Zibrak, Bloomsbury Press, 2019). She co-directed Edith Wharton’s New York conference with Margaret Toth in 2020. She is currently the secretary of the Edith Wharton Society and will begin her term as Vice President in January 2023.


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Edited by Gary Totten

Gary Totten is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. He is the author of African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow(2015), coeditor of Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing (2015), and editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (2007). His articles on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century US literature, multi-ethnic literature, and travel writing have appeared in African American Review, American Indian Quarterly, American Literary Realism, MELUS, Studies in Travel Writing, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among other journals and essay collections. (Credit: University of Nevada, Las Vegas)


joslinVolume 11: The Fruit of the Tree (1907)
Edited by Katherine Joslin

Katherine Joslin, Editor of volume 11, The Fruit of the Tree, is a professor emerita of English, a Distinguished Faculty Scholar, and the founding director of the Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities.  Her books include Edith Wharton in the Women Writers Series ((Macmillan and St. Martin’s, 1991; paperback 1994)), and Edith Wharton and The Making of Fashion in the Becoming Modern Series (University of New Hampshire Press, 2009; paperback 2011). A founding member of the Edith Wharton Society, Joslin directed, together with Alan Price, the 1991 international conference, Edith Wharton in Paris. They co-edited Wretched Exotic: Essays on Wharton in Europe (Peter Lang 1993; paperback 1996), a selection of essays from the conference.

In her teaching and writing, Joslin has worked to expand our thinking about literary genres and the canon of American writers at the turn into the twentieth century.  She has written Jane Addams, A Writer’s Life (Illinois, 2004; paperback 2009), a biography that places the social settlement founder and Nobel Peace Prize laureate in the company of other American writers. Together with Thomas Bailey, she has written Theodore Roosevelt, A Literary Life, the first literary biography of the 26th President of the United States. Joslin is especially interested in The Fruit of the Tree as Wharton’s only factory novel and also her only nursing novel. 


Dr. Alicia Mischa RenfroeVolume 13: The Reef (1912)
Edited by Alicia Mischa Renfroe

Dr. Renfroe earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Tennessee and her J.D. at the University of Florida College of Law. Her research and teaching interests include law and literature, American women writers, 19th and 20th century American literature, and critical theory. https://www.mtsu.edu/faculty/alicia-mischa-renfroe 





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Volume 14: The Custom of the Country (1913)
Edited by Robin Peel

Robin Peel’s principal research interests have been the relationship between politics, culture and writing in the work of Sylvia Plath, Edith Wharton and Emily Dickinson. He has published monographs and essays on these subjects and organised international conferences and edited two essay collections on wider transatlantic themes. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth in the UK. 


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Edited by Alan Price





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Volume 16: War Writings: Fiction
Edited by Julie Olin-Ammentorp

Julie Olin-Ammentorp is a professor of English at Le Moyne College. She is the author of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) and of Edith Wharton’s Writings from the Great War (2004). In addition, she is the editor of a new edition of Wharton’s World War I novel A Son at the Front, forthcoming in 2023 in the Oxford World’s Classics series. She has published over twenty-five articles, including essays on Wharton, Cather, Henry James, and others. She is has served on the Board of Governors of the Willa Cather Foundation and is a past president of the Edith Wharton Society.



Volume 17: Summer (1917)
Edited by Monika Elbert

Monika Elbert is Professor of English, a University Distinguished Scholar, and former Editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. She specializes in 19th-century women writers; American Romanticism, 19th-century American children’s literature; American Gothic. Her recent books include: Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge, 2014, co-edited and co-intro, and  essay on narratives of disability included); Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century (Ashgate,2013, co-ed. and co-intro.,and essay on Gothic Catholicism and American women writers included); Enterprising Youth: Social Values and Acculturation in 19th Century American Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2008, ed., intro. and essay on Alcott included); and Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in 19th-Century American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, co-ed. and co-intro., and essay on Hawthorne, food, and nationalism included). Recent work includes essays on Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, Emerson, Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe. Her books in progress or under contract include Hawthorne in Context (Cambridge UP), American Naturalist Gothic (U of Alabama P), and transatlantic views of the hotel in 19th-century life and literature. (Credit: Montclair State University)


Volume 18: The Age of Innocence
Edited by Shafquat Towheed

The main thrust of my research is in nineteenth and twentieth century British and American literature, with a particular interest in the history of the book. Within this broad and inclusive subject, I have three specific areas of interest: (1) the history of reading; (2) the relationship between authors and publishers; and (3) the relationship between copyright law and literature. In addition, I also work on South Asian writing in English.

I have written, edited, and co-edited 8 books, and my articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals, such as Victorian StudiesBook HistoryPublishing HistoryNineteenth-Century Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Journal of Victorian CultureEnglish Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, Primerjalna Književnost (Comparative Literature) and The Yearbook of English Studies. I regularly review for a number of peer-reviewed journals. https://www.open.ac.uk/people/sst46


SusanTomlinsonVolume 19: The Glimpses of the Moon (1922)
Edited by Susan Tomlinson

Susan Tomlinson is the editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Oxford University Press Complete Works of Edith Wharton, for which she is editing the first scholarly edition of Wharton’s novel The Glimpses of the Moon. Professor Tomlinson has published articles, book chapters, and reviews in Legacy, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of HistoryResources for American Literary Study; Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s (ed. Lisa Botshon and Meredith Goldsmith); and Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies (ed. Timothy Soto); and The New Edith Wharton Studies (ed. Jennifer Haytock and Laura Rattray; Cambridge UP, forthcoming). (Credit: U Massachusetts Boston).


Volume 20: Old New York


Volume 21: The Writing of Fiction
Edited by Frederick Wegener


Volume 22: The Mother’s Recompense (1925)
Edited byMelanie Dawson








Volume 23: Twilight Sleep (1927)
Edited by Sheila Liming




Volume 24: The Children (1928)


Volume 25: Hudson River Bracketed (1929)



Volume 26: The Gods Arrive (1932)
Edited by Amy Blair

Amy L. Blair is an associate professor of English at Marquette University and is co-editor, with James Machor, of the journal Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, the official journal of the Reception Study Society. Dr. Blair’s 2012 book Reading Up: Middle-Class Readers and the Culture of Success in the Early Twentieth-Century United States, was published by Temple University Press under the auspices of the Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded American Literatures Initiative. Reading Up investigates, through the lens of a reading advice column that ran for the decade between 1902 and 1912 in the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, the way readerly desires for social, cultural, and financial capital affected readers’ reception of the canonical works of American literary realism and the less-celebrated, genteel literary bestselling fiction of the day. Dr. Blair’s work in progress, Tasting and Testing Books, studies Emily Newell Blair’s reading advice in Good Housekeeping magazine during the 1920s and 1930s in the frame of the magazine’s“money-back guarantee” mindset. Dr. Blair has also been named volume editor for The Gods Arrive in The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, to be published by Oxford University Press.


davis_cynthiaVolume 27: Life Writings
Edited by Cynthia Davis

Cynthia J. Davis (PhD, Duke University) is a Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where she specializes in U.S. literature and culture from the Civil War to World War II. Her essays have appeared in journals including American Literature, American Literary History, and Arizona Quarterly. In addition to both editing and contributing to essay collections, she has published three single-authored books. Her recent monograph, Pain and the Aesthetics of U.S. Literary Realism, contains a chapter on Edith Wharton and was published by Oxford University Press in January 2022. https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/english_language_and_literature/our_people/directory/davis_cynthia.php


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Edited by Maureen Montgomery

My first book, ‘Gilded Prostitution: Money, Migration and Marriage, 1870-1914’ (Routledge, 1989) was a study of transatlantic relations and culture focusing on American women who married into the British peerage. I followed this up with a study of American women in the bourgeois elite, concentrating on New York City and drawing upon the fiction of Edith Wharton, entitled Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton’s New York (Routledge, 1998). My current book project, Whiteness and Politeness: The Racialization of Civilization, 1880-1930, is another venture into the cultural history of the period and examines travel literature, etiquette manuals, and novels of manners as a way of understanding how the American bourgeois elite conceptualized national identity at a time of fraught racial tensions.



Volume 29: Translations and Adaptations
Edited by Gianfranca Balestra, Katrin Horn, and Virginia Ricard 


Gianfranca Balestra was Full Professor of American Literature at the University of Siena, Italy. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with monographs on Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her latest book Riflessi del Grande Gatsby. Traduzioni, cinema, teatro, musica (Rome: Artemide, 2019) analyzes the numerous Italian translations of Fitzgerald’s novel as well as its film, theater and music adaptations. Her scholarship on Wharton includes a book on the ghost stories (I fantasmi di Edith Wharton, Rome: Bulzoni, 1993), the editing with Introductions of Italian translations of The Reef and The Touchstone, and nearly two dozen essays and reviews. Some of these articles discuss Wharton’s works related to Italy (such as The Valley of Decision, Italian Backgrounds, Italian Villas and their Gardens, and poems about Italian art), are published in Italian, and represent a significant contribution to the writer’s reception in Italy.  Many of her articles in English have appeared in international journals and various collections of essays. Among these: “What the Children Knew: The Manuscript of Disintegration, An Unfinished Novel” (1995), “’For the Use of the Magazine Morons’: Edith Wharton Rewrites the Tale of the Fantastic” (1996), “Edith Wharton’s Italian Tale: Language Exercise and Social Discourse” (1999), “Women Writers on the Verge of the Twentieth Century: Edith Wharton et.al.” (2014). Gianfranca  Balestra is co-editor, for the part on Italian translations, of vol. 29 Translations and Adaptations in The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Virginia Ricard is Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne where she teaches American Literature and Translation. She was a recipient of the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library and in 2012 edited a volume of essays devoted to Wharton’s short stories (JSSE). Her most recent publications on Wharton include a translation of “America at War” (TLS, 2018), “The Uses of Boundaries: Edith Wharton and Place” (2019), “Edith Wharton’s French Engagement” (2020), “‘Isn’t That French?’: Edith Wharton Revisits the International Theme” (2020), “Edith Wharton au tournant” (2020), “Edith Wharton and Pleasure (2022) and “Edith Wharton, Translator” (2022). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review and was member-at-large of the outgoing board of the Edith Wharton Society.

Volume 30: Unpublished Fiction and Plays
Edited by Donna M. Campbell and Carol Singley