"This book makes a claim for the centrality of libraries to the mythos of self-making in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American culture, focusing on Edith Wharton as its primary case in point. Wharton was never formally educated; rather, her private library collection, portions of which she inherited from her father, formed the basis of an education that would, in time, directly contribute to her success as a popular author"-- Provided by publisher.
The library as space: self-making and social endangerment in The decoration of houses and Summer The library as hoard: collecting and cananicity in The house of mirth and Eline Vere The library as network: affinity, exchange, and the makings of authorship The library as tomb: monuments and memorials in Wharton's short fiction".
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-257) and index.
Online version: Liming, Sheila, What a library means to a woman