To most readers of the past generation novelists, Edith Wharton is best remembered for Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country- all of which are still in print and all chronicle various facets of life in America with which she was actually only briefly identified. From the French background which she chose for herself, she was a penetrating critic of American manners. And this was perhaps the most consistent note in her short stories as well. In an Introduction contributed by the editor of this collection,- a biographical sketch, a brief but somewhat poignant appraisal of the woman and her work, constitute the contribution he makes. There is less than the inquiring reader might demand of assessment of her short stories as such. Without the text of the stories, this is virtually only an announcement that this collection is forthcoming.