Edith Wharton


Born
in New York City, NY, The United States
January 24, 1862

Died
August 11, 1937

Genre

Influences


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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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.”
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Polls

March 2016 Short Story Poll

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 103 pages, 1937
 
  50 votes, 25.4%

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 121 pages, 1922
 
  28 votes, 14.2%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  18 votes, 9.1%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 98 pages, 1941
 
  16 votes, 8.1%

The Bet by Anton Chekhov, 64 pages, 1889
 
  13 votes, 6.6%

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages, 1936
 
  12 votes, 6.1%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages, 1903
 
  12 votes, 6.1%

Xingu by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1916
 
  9 votes, 4.6%

 
  8 votes, 4.1%

 
  6 votes, 3.0%

 
  6 votes, 3.0%

 
  6 votes, 3.0%

 
  4 votes, 2.0%

 
  4 votes, 2.0%

House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories by Yasunari Kawabata, Approx. 90 pages-Title Story Only, 1960
 
  3 votes, 1.5%

Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Aprrox. 16 pages-Title Story Only, 1973
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

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