As nuanced in her observations of human behavior as she is in her vivid depictions of French landscape and architecture, Wharton fully exploited her unique position as consort to Walter Barry, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris, which allowed her unparalleled access to life in the trenches. Sensitive without sentimentality, and offering a valuable and extremely rare female perspective of a war dominated by the male viewpoint, this Series of articles is nothing less than an inspirational testament to the strength of the human spirit at a time of the greatest adversity.
Novelist Edith Wharton (1862–1937) is known for her finely crafted stories of New York mores, including The Age of Innocence. Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary writers. His novel The Master was short-listed for the Booker Prize.