Edith Wharton (1862-1937), born Edith Newbold Jones, was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humourous and incisive novels and short stories. Wharton was well-acquainted with many of her era's literary and public figures, including Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt. Besides her writing, she was a highly regarded landscape architect, interior designer, and taste-maker of her time. She wrote several influential books, including The Decoration of Houses (1897), her first published work, and Italian Villas and Their Gardens (1904). The Age of Innocence (1920), perhaps her best known work, won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making her the first woman to win the award. Her other works include: The Greater Inclination (1899), The Touchstone (1900), Sanctuary (1903), The Descent of Man and Other Stories (1904), The House of Mirth (1905), Madame de Treymes (1907), The Fruit of the Tree (1907), The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories (1908), Ethan Frome (1912), In Morocco (1921) and The Glimpses of the Moon (1921).
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About the Author
Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt.
Date of Birth:January 24, 1862
Date of Death:August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:Educated privately in New York and Europe
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Bunner Sisters based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Outstanding tale of life and love, very well worthy of the read.
This is a stark tragedy and , like any tragedy, provokes fear, sober thought and perhaps anger or sadness. The drawing of the sisters' characters makes them so blameless and their sufferings so extreme that I found myself desiring a bit more justice than this author provided - but tragedy wouldn't be tragedy if sufficient justice were provided! Finishing it, I felt to lift the vain prayer that lightning strike any man with substance abuse issues who gets within two yards of either of my daughters!