Stephen Orgel

2013 - 2014
Study of the correspondence of Edith Wharton with Bernard Berenson in the I Tatti Archives


Stephen Orgel is Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. His most recent books are Spectacular Performances (Manchester/ Palgrave, 2011), Imagining Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2003), The Authentic Shakespeare (Routledge, 2002) and Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge, 1996). He has edited Ben Jonson's court masques, Christopher Marlowe's poems and translations, the Oxford Authors John Milton, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale in The Oxford Shakespeare, four plays and the Sonnets in the New Pelican Shakespeare, of which he is general editor, and novels by Anthony Trollope and Edith Wharton in the Oxford World’s Classics. He has taught at Harvard, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins.

Project Summary

A study of Edith Wharton's extensive correspondence with Berenson preserved at I Tatti. They met in 1910, and exchanged letters, personal and richly anecdotal, for the most part weekly until Wharton's death in 1937.