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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Derek Jacobi, Sir Derek Jacobi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Old New York Series Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538466612
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The first of four novellas, together called Old New York, set in the mid-1800s.

Lewis Raycie is sent on a grand tour of Europe with instructions from his father to acquire a collection of accepted Art Works. His father’s dream is to own a Raphael; instead, Lewis returns with a priceless collection of Renaissance masterpieces by Piero della Francesca and others of equal stature. They are, however, unknown in America.

His father is appalled and disinherits him. His family ridicules him. But it is only after Lewis dies that the magnificent collection gets the recognition it really deserves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • False Dawn is devoted to the recreation of physical milieu and the manners of mid-nineteenth-century New York…A kind of parable suggested…by the career of James Jackson Jarves, the pioneer American collection of Italian primitives, whose attempt to alter the taste of his generation proved as heartbreaking as Lewis Raycie’s.

    Blake Nevius, in Edith Wharton: A Study of Her Fiction

  • “In False Dawn, Lewis Raycie, driven by the force of his beliefs, interferes—to a vastly destructive extent—with the destiny of his own family. Raycie believes so much in the worth of his private vision that, despite the injurious effects his efforts have on his wife and daughter, he persists wholeheartedly in his mission.”

    Linda Costanzo Cahir in Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton

  • “The novella exhibits Wharton’s masterful use of irony, a pervasive characteristic of her work, in treating the division between crass new-money values, which Wharton often identified with Americans, and aesthetic taste and connoisseurship, traits Wharton herself valued and often associated with Europeans.

    Companion to Literature: Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story

  • “The story of a visionary collector of Italian primitives, far ahead of his time.”

    Hermione Lee, in Edith Wharton

  • “Satiric dialogue.”

    New York Journal of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/5/2012

    " A good book but I read it after "The House of Mirth," which was wonderful albeit tragic. Edith Wharton was a wonderful writer and so my rating is only in comparison to her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/10/2010

    " A good book but I read it after "The House of Mirth," which was wonderful albeit tragic. Edith Wharton was a wonderful writer and so my rating is only in comparison to her writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss Ginny Tea | 10/4/2009

    " Edith Wharton does not write happy books. :/ This one was… okay. And less dreadfully unhappy than her better ones. Lalala! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/28/2008

    " A good book but I read it after "The House of Mirth," which was wonderful albeit tragic. Edith Wharton was a wonderful writer and so my rating is only in comparison to her writing. "

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About the Author
Author Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrators

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.