"Rabid Imperialist": Edith Wharton and the Obligations of Empire in Modern American Fiction

@article{Wegener2000RabidIE,
  title={"Rabid Imperialist": Edith Wharton and the Obligations of Empire in Modern American Fiction},
  author={F.D.A. Wegener},
  journal={American Literature},
  year={2000},
  volume={72},
  pages={783 - 812}
}
Late in April 1898, near the end of his illustrious career at Harvard, the eruption of war against Spain impelled Charles Eliot Norton to performwhat one biographer has called ‘‘one of his last acts of moral courage as a citizen and idealist.’’ 1 Norton urged his students not to serve in what he described to a friend as ‘‘this wretched, needless and, consequently, iniquitous war,’’ which he then lamented in a widely reviled address as ‘‘a bitter disappointment to the lover of his country’’ and… Expand
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