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									Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
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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Edith Wharton
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
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Educated privately in New York and Europe
Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence, 1921

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The Age of Innocence (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Edith Wharton, Maureen Howard (Introduction)
"The appearance of a book such as The Age of Innocence is a matter for public rejoicing," said The New York Times of Wharton's masterpiece. "It is one of the best novels of the twentieth century and looks like a permanent addition to literature."

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*  The Decoration of Houses (1897)
*  The House of Mirth (1905)
*  Ethan Frome (1911)
*  The Custom of the Country (1913)
*  The Reef (1913)
*  The Age of Innocence (1920)
*  Old New York (1924)

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Fun Fact

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."

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Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1891-1910
by 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.

*Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1911-1937, Vol. 2  by Maureen Howard (Editor)
*The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton  by Edith Wharton
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A Backward Glance
by Edith Wharton
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.

*Italian Backgrounds  by Edith Wharton
*Edith Wharton: An Extraordinary Life  by Eleanor Dwight
*No Gifts from Chance: Edith Wharton, a Biography  by Shari Benstock, Barbara Grossman