Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
January 24, 1862

died
August 11, 1937

gender
female

genre

influences


About this author

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.

After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton's novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in whic
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More books by Edith Wharton…
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.”
Edith Wharton

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”
Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses

“My little old dog
a heart-beat
at my feet”
Edith Wharton

Polls

August 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  23 votes, 16.4%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  21 votes, 15.0%

 
  19 votes, 13.6%

1982, Schindler'sList by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.9%

1905, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pages
 
  14 votes, 10.0%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.1%

1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.7%

1989, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 348 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.6%

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