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The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Edith Wharton: In Morocco

Ep. 39

Edith Wharton ranks as one of the Gilded Age's most prolific and popular writers. In this episode, Professor Stacy Holden tells us about her research on Wharton's lesser known travelogue In Morocco, a revealing account of the author's travels to the French and Spanish colony. It tells us a great deal about American and European imperialism, and the Orientalism that pervaded her thinking.

Essential Reading:

Edith Wharton, In Morocco (1920).

Hermione Lee, Edith Wharton (2007).

Recommended Reading:


Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Edith Wharton’s Writings from the Great War (2004).


Alan Price, The End of the Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton and the First World War (1996).


Andrew Patrick, America’s Forgotten Middle East Initiative: The King-Crane Commission of 1919 (2015). 

Andrew Priest, Designs on Empire (on the podcast in 2022).

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