Edith Wharton & Henry James - Friends

Edith Wharton and Henry James, although 20 years apart in age, were the closest of friends. They shared their lives, their friends, and their literary careers. Henry James was seldom free with his praise, except for Edith. The only other close literary friendship James maintained was with Constance Fenimore Woolson, whose suicide was wrenching to him. This course will look closely at these friendships. We will read two very short novels by Henry James, Washington Square and Daisy Miller, along with The Custom of the Country and Summer by Edith Wharton. While studying these novels in class we will also be exploring the meaning of friendship.


Class Recordings:

Class 1 - February 26, 2024

Class 2 - March 4, 2024

Class 3 - March 11, 2024

Class 4 - March 18, 2024

Class 5 - March 25, 2024

Group Leader: LINDA BERGER
Venue: Online
Meets on: Mondays 10 AM to noon
Starting: 2/26/2024
Sessions: 5
Class Size: 25
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 1 - 2 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Linda Berger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and has done doctoral work in educational psychology. This will be the 21st course in women’s history Linda has taught for BHS.