The plot is relatively straightforward, but the story’s structure, which buries one narrative within another, is a testament to Wharton's literary skill and her understanding of American high society.
Roman Fever, perhaps Wharton’s single most popular short story, also deploys this mode of satire by refraction. Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley have been competing with each other for more than twenty years; now their daughters, Babs and Jenny, are continuing the competition. Yet the stakes are not clear (as they might be in a business transaction), nor is the eventual outcome.
Certainly it was a master-stroke of those arch-ironists of the shears and spindle to duplicate her own story in her .
Certainly it was a master-stroke of those arch-ironists of the shears and spindle to duplicate her own story in her daughter’s. Lidcote had always somewhat grimly fancied that, having so signally failed to be of use to Leila in other ways, she would at least serve her as a warning. She had even abstained from defending herself, from making the best of her case, had stoically refused to plead extenuating circumstances, lest Leila’s impulsive sympathy should lead to deductions that might react disastrously on her own life.
The short story Roman Fever first appeared in 1934 – although this particular collection wasn’t published until . Wharton offered me exa Roman Fever and Other Stories includes eight intriguing, surprising and brilliant short stories
I assume, therefore, that these stories probably do appear in collections first published during Wharton’s lifetime. Wharton offered me exa Roman Fever and Other Stories includes eight intriguing, surprising and brilliant short stories. They describe the society of the time they were written, the changes that were going on, in a real but comical way.
It was first published in Liberty magazine on November 10, 1934
It was first published in Liberty magazine on November 10, 1934. A revised and expanded version of the story was published in Wharton's 1936 short story collection The World Over. Grace Ansley and Alida Slade are middle-aged American women visiting Rome with their daughters, Barbara Ansley and Jenny Slade.
Such is the case with Roman Fever and Other Stories. The 8 stories in this book all take place in the early 20th century. Wharton's first short stories appeared in Scribner's Magazine, and though she published several volumes of fiction around the turn of the century, including The Greater Inclination (1899), The Touchstone (1900), Crucial Instances (1901), The Valley of Decision (1902), Sanctuary (1903), and The Descent of Man and Other Stories (1904)
The term Roman Fever refers to a particularly deadly strain of malaria
The term Roman Fever refers to a particularly deadly strain of malaria. In addition to being an essential plot device, the concept of Roman Fever evolves over the course of the story into a metaphor for the destructive potential of romantic and sexual passion-and of the jealousy and competitiveness those feelings may inspire.
Books related to Roman Fever and Other Stories. Madame de Treymes and Other Stories.
Author: E Wharton
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Scribner (January 1, 1964)
Pages: 240 pages
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