Laura Rattray has published widely on the life and work of Edith Wharton, serving on the executive board of the Wharton Society (2007-9) and the editorial board of The Edith Wharton Review (2008-present). She has edited The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (2 vols, 2009) and Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (2010) and for CUP, Edith Wharton in Context (2012).
So, there's lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies any curious person could possibly want. But if you don't care for all those extras, just read the novel. You'll love it. * Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books * The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be disappointed. * Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse *