The "Cruise of the Vanadis" is Wharton's elegant record of that journey. As sophisticated and erudite as any of Wharton's novels, the diary lay undiscovered until recently when scholar Claudine Lesage found it on a dusty library shelf in France. This beautiful illustrated edition marks the diary's first publication in the UK and provides a rare glimpse into the early career of one of America's most important writers. Annotated with timeless photographs by distinguished photographer Jonas Dovydenas, who faithfully retraced Wharton's route, this book is an invaluable addition to the Wharton canon.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the author of more than forty books including timeless classics such as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. She was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and is now widely recognised as one of the greatest writers in the English language. Jonas Dovydenas' photographs have appeared in Time, American Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Soldier of Fortune, and others. He has been a Trustee of Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc. for many years.