Monday, September 22, 2014

Learning without knowing...

...Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and a Case of Anxiety of Influence
Like May’s, in “The Age of Innocence,” Mrs. Ramsay’s role as prime mover in the lives of those around her is not fully understood until her passing, and the novel’s final pages, like those of “The Age of Innocence,” resound with the ghostly echo of her offstage death, even as the reader’s mind is cast back over the book to spy out the influence she had on all the other characters when she was alive.

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