Born On This Day ~ January 24 ~ Edith Wharton


January 24, 1862 (New York City, New York)
Died: August 11, 1937 (Saint-Brice-sous-Foret, France)

Famous For/Known For:
American novelist

A Little About Edith Wharton:
Born Edith Newbold Jones to wealthy parents George Frederic and Lucretia Rhinelander Jones.

In 1872 Anna Catherine Bahlmann became Wharton’s governess and later her literary assistant.

Wharton published her first volume of poems, Verses, at the age of 16.

In 1885 she married Edward Robbins (Teddy) Wharton.

In 1897 Wharton co-authored the non-fiction  book, The Decoration of Houses with Ogden Codman, Jr. This successful book was about design and architecture, subjects that had always interested her.

In 1901 Wharton bought 113 acres of land in which she designed and built her home, The Mount. It was within these walls that she wrote a few of her best work which include The House of Mirth in 1905 and Ethan Frome in 1911. The Wharton’s sold the house in 1911 and divorced in 1913. Wharton moved to France.

With the outbreak of WWI, Wharton established a few charitable and humanitarian organizations. She was one of the few writers who were allowed on the front lines to witness the reality of war.  She received the French Legion of Honor award for her war work in 1916.

In 1921 Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel, The Age of Innocence. She was the first woman to ever win this award.

In her lifetime, Wharton wrote forty books.

Edith Wharton died at the age of 75.

Books About/Written By Edith Wharton:

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