Downton Abbey, Edith Wharton, and the Jews

January 26, 2015 5:27 PM

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Overwhelmed by the cascading changes at Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith's snarky Dowager Countess complained way back in Season One, "Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel." Wells, of course, wrote The War of the Worlds and other science fiction and fantasy novels.

Watching Downton Abbey, I've often found find myself feeling that I'm living in an Edith Wharton novel. More than one, in fact. Wharton's novel The Buccaneers, which was unfinished at her death, was all about young wealthy American woman like Cora who were launched like arrows to hit titled English ...

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