This early work by Edith Wharton was originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton Volume 2' is a collection of short stories that includes 'Afterward', 'The Fullness of Life', 'The Venetian Night's Entertainment', 'Xingu', 'The Verdict' 'The Reckoning', and a selection of verse. Edith Wharton was born in New York City in 1862. Wharton's first poems were published in Scribner's Magazine. In 1891, the same publication printed the first of her many short stories, titled 'Mrs. Manstey's View'. Over the next four decades, they — along with other well-established American publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Century Magazine, Harper's and Lippincott's — regularly published her work.