Edith Wharton

Novelist + Short Story Writer + Designer

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

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She was baptized April 20, 1862, Easter Sunday, at Grace Church. … Read More


1877 15 Years Old …  In 1877, at the age of 15, she secretly wrote a 30,000 word novella "Fast and Loose".
1878 16 Years Old In 1878 her father arranged for a collection of two dozen original poems and five translations, Verses, to be privately published.
1880 18 Years Old In 1880 she had five poems published anonymously in the Atlantic Monthly, then a revered literary magazine. … Read More


1882 20 Years Old Edith was engaged to Henry Stevens in 1882 after a two-year courtship. … Read More
1885 23 Years Old In 1885, at age 23, she married Edward (Teddy) Robbins Wharton, who was 12 years her senior. … Read More
1888 26 Years Old …  In 1888, the Whartons and their friend James Van Alen took a cruise through the Aegean islands. … Read More


1902 40 Years Old In 1902, Wharton designed The Mount, her estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, which survives today as an example of her design principles. … Read More
1911 49 Years Old Although she spent many months traveling in Europe nearly every year with her friend, Egerton Winthrop (John Winthrop's descendant), The Mount was her primary residence until 1911. … Read More


1913 51 Years Old She divorced Edward Wharton in 1913 after 28 years of marriage. … Read More
1914 52 Years Old 1 More Event
One of the first causes she undertook in August 1914 was the opening of a workroom for unemployed women; here they were fed and paid one franc a day. … Read More
In early 1915 she organized the Children of Flanders Rescue Committee, which gave shelter to nearly 900 Belgian refugees who had fled when their homes were bombed by the Germans.
1916 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Throughout the war she worked tirelessly in charitable efforts for refugees, the injured, the unemployed, and the displaced. She was a "heroic worker on behalf of her adopted country". On 18 April 1916, the President of France appointed her Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the country's highest award, in recognition of her dedication to the war effort.
1920 58 Years Old During the post war years she divided her time between Hyères and Provence, where she finished The Age of Innocence in 1920. … Read More
1921 59 Years Old The Age of Innocence (1920) won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making Wharton the first woman to win the award. … Read More


1934 72 Years Old In 1934 Wharton's autobiography A Backward Glance was published. … Read More
1937 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 1, 1937 Wharton was at the French country home of Ogden Codman, where they were at work on a revised edition of The Decoration of Houses, when she suffered a heart attack and collapsed.
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