The Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels

The Custom of the Country and Other Classic Novels

by Edith Wharton

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ISBN-13: 9781435160668
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Series: Amazing Values Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 848
Sales rank: 1,151,370
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was the youngest child of a New York family descended from "old money." Her privileged upbringing included years of travel in Europe which helped to shape the aesthetic sensibilities  that would inform muuch of her writing. Her first book, a collection of poetry, was published anonymously when she was sixteen. Her second book, The Decoration of Houses (1897), co-written with architect Ogden Codman, Jr., established her reputation as a knowledgeable writer on classical style and design. Wharton began publishing short fiction in 1891. Her first novel, The Valley of Indecision, appeared in 1902. Over the next three decades she produced a body of work notable for its portrayal of aristocratic characters and their struggle to reconcile personal interests and passions with the expectations created by wealth, class, and social custom. Her best-known novels include The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), and The Custom of the Country (1913). In 1921, Wharton beca,me the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her novel The Age of Innocence (1920). She lived her final years in Europe and was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her services to France during World War I.

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


Educated privately in New York and Europe

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