Xingu' is a short story about a woman's luncheon club devised as a means of keeping its members up to date with the latest goings on in the world. After the glamorous novelist Osric Dane stuns the other women with her bored disposition and blunt questions, the conversation is left stale – that is, until the previously quiet Mrs. Roby mentions the topic of Xingu. Thought mad by the rest of her peers, Mrs. Roby is suddenly engaged by a now-inquisitive Ms. Dane, and subsequently the rest of the party becomes entirely engrossed with the mystery of Xingu. A witty and veritably comical narrative sure to entertain all who read it, 'Xingu' is a masterpiece of short story-writing and is a must-read for fans of Wharton's seminal work. Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and designer. This antique book was originally published in 1916, and we are proud to republish it now, complete with a new introductory biography of the author.