Edith Wharton's lack of recognition as a short story writer depends on several factors, including conflicting theories about short story form and technique, her relationship to literary and cultural history, and her use in literature classrooms. Her problematic relationship to the short story form provides an important case study in critical reception and canon formation.
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Gary Totten; Critical Reception and Cultural Capital: Edith Wharton as a Short Story Writer. Pedagogy 1 January 2008; 8 (1): 115–133. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-2007-027
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