One of America's most important novelists, Edith Wharton was a refined, relentless chronicler of the Gilded Age and its social mores. Along with close friend Henry James, she helped define literature at the turn of the 20th century, even as she wrote classic nonfiction on travel, decorating and her own life.
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Also Known As:
Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (full name)
Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
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Educated privately in New York and Europe
Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence, 1921
|Wharton was born into the wealthy Jones family that was such a known fixture on the well-heeled New York society scene that they're said to have inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses."|
|Wharton's Short Fiction||More About Wharton|
|Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1891-1910|
Maureen Howard (Editor)
Wharton fans won't want to miss this comprehensive, two-volume collection of her satirical, keen-eyed stories, which includes several novellas and her first published story. For something less typically Wharton, check out Simon & Schuster's compendium of her ghost stories.
|A Backward Glance|
R.W.B. Lewis's Pulitzer-winning biography is unfortunately out of print; but Wharton's own personal writings, from her autobiography to the travel diary Italian Backgrounds, are readily available. Biographies by Eleanor Dwight and Shari Benstock provide cultural and feminist contexts, respectively, for the author's life.