Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton – Forgotten Classic – Paperback Edition



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Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton

This is the complete and unabridged text of Edith Wharton’s shocking novella, Bunner Sisters. This beautiful paperback edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop.It measures 6×9.

The Forgotten Classics Collection is an ever growing collection of public domain books that deserve the title of Classic but have been largely overlooked by the general public – forgotten, as it were. These books may be obscure titles from popular classic authors, or books by authors that were popular in their time but have since fallen into obscurity. All of these books are worth reading, which is why I’ve decided to bring them back into print in hopes to grow their audience!

Edith Wharton wrote Bunner Sisters in 1892, but it was not published until 1916, when it appeared in the story collection Xingu and Other Stories. This novella was twice rejected by Scriber’s, Wharton’s publishers, because they found it to be grim and unsuitable for serial publication. Though it has the same grisly charm and profound character treatment as Wharton’s other works (especially akin to Ethan Frome and Summer), it is one of her lesser known works.

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“The Bunner sisters were proud of the neatness of their shop and content with its humble prosperity. It was not what they had once imagined it would be, but though it presented but a shrunken image of their earlier ambitions it enabled them to pay their rent and keep themselves alive and out of debt; and it was long since their hopes had soared higher…”

Rejected twice before being published in 1916, Bunner Sisters tells a grim tale of sisterly affection, ill-timed romance, and impoverished existence in the shabby side of Old New York.

Repudiated during its time and little known now, this poignant novella lacks none of the mastery with which Wharton treats her fiction.

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