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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1862 Birth Wharton was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. She had two much older brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and Henry Edward. She was baptized April 20, 1862, Easter Sunday, at Grace Church. … Read More


1877 15 Years Old Wharton began writing poetry and fiction as a teenager. In 1877, at the age of 15, she secretly wrote a 30,000 word novella "Fast and Loose" and some poetry. … Read More
1878 16 Years Old One of them was in the Atlantic Monthly and the other, Verses (a collection of 29 poems) was privately published by her mother in 1878.


1882 20 Years Old Wharton 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 the Van Alens took a cruise through the Aegean islands. … Read More


1902 40 Years Old In 1902 she 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
1916 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Throughout the war she worked tirelessly in charitable efforts for refugees and, in 1916 was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in recognition of her commitment to the displaced. … Read More
1918 56 Years Old When World War I ended in 1918, she abandoned her fashionable urban address for the delights of the country at the Pavillon Colombe in nearby Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt. … Read More
1920 58 Years Old After the war she divided her time between Paris and Hyères, 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 76 Years Old Edith Wharton died of a stroke in 1937 at Le Pavillon Colombe, her 18th-century house on Rue de Montmorency in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt. … Read More
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