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Edith Wharton

(1862-1937)

American Author
One of the major American novelists and short story writers of the 20th century

Edith Jones, born in New-York from a wealthy family, married Edward Wharton in 1885. She received the Yale honorary award of Doctor of Letters in 1930 and died in France from a stroke.

In 1902, she published her first novel, Valley of Decision.

Her best seller, House of Mirth, came out in 1905.


Like Goethe, Forster, Nietzsche, Sir Walter Scott, she lived abroad, in France or Italy, for a number of years.

Her works provide keen, but sometimes harsh, paintings of "the upper class"

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 Morris Poe Scott Fitzgerald Stowe Thoreau
 Twain Veblen Water West Wharton

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Lawrence Lewis Mann Scott Fitzgerald Somerset Maugham
Soseki Thackeray Tolstoy Walpole Wells
West Zola

In 1920 Edith Wharton was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence
Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1930
One of Wharton's ancestors, Ebenezer Stevens, participated in the Boston Tea Party. The French and Belgian governments officially honored her wartime service for her assistance to wounded and refugees.

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton