• two complete books
• a linked Table of Contents
The House of Mirth
The Valley of Decision
About the Author
Wharton [1862-1937] was born Edith Newbold Jones to a wealthy New York family. Her books The Decoration of Houses, co-authored by Ogden Codman, and Italian Villas and Their Gardens were devoted to her interest in interior design and landscape architecture. In 1901 she built The Mount, her estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, which included her design principles. There, she wrote The House of Mirth (1905), the first of many chronicles of old New York upper society, and entertained authors, including her friend Henry James. She became a critic of the upperclass with use of subtle dramatic irony. In The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence she employed humor and empathy to describe the lives of New York's upper-class. In 1911, she divorced and moved permanently to France, where she is buried. In 1921, she was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature (The Age of Innocence, 1920). In 1934, she published her autobiography, A Backward Glance.
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About the Author
Born into a prosperous New York family, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) wrote more than 15 novels, including The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and other esteemed books. She was distinguished for her work in the First World War and was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. She died in France at the age of 75.
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