I just read a funny blog post about Jonathan Franzen's review of Edith Wharton's novels titled "Shut Up, Jonathan Franzen written by "a small group of historians getting our Phds" called Ph.D. Octopus. I am right there with Bronwen, I am so over Franzen. I enjoyed Freedom but the next great American novelist - please!!! Bronwen writes about Franzen's review, "...Franzen’s inability to sympathize with Wharton because 1) she’s rich (but not in a ‘good’ way, like Tolstoy) 2) she was conservative (because she didn’t like populist politicking) 3) she left America 4) she acted like a spoiled writer (‘writing in bed after breakfast and tossing the completed pages on the floor, to be sorted and typed up by her secretary’…..like no other writers ever did that…..)."
And her only redeeming quality he attributes to making her a great writer - "she wasn't pretty."
I'm an expert amateur or maybe an amateur expert.