Edith Wharton
American novelist, short story writer, designer
Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
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Novelists need publishers - The Guardian
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I'd been writi ng for radio for a long time, mainly adaptations, enjoying it for the escape from self that immersion in someone else's work gives you, increasing my respect for the dramatic genius of Edith Wharton's dialogue along the way
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Dennis Krausnick's 'Autres Temps' onstage at Edith Wharton's Mount home - Advocate Weekly
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Edith Wharton, herself a prisoner of New York high society, observed these scenarios of entrapment and captured them with her pen. Stories such as "Roman Fever," "The Other Two" and "Xingu" reflect a time when all society was watching -- and watching
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Wharton Salon travels smoothly through time - Boston Globe
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LENOX - Though she did dabble (secretly) in a bit of genteel porn, Edith Wharton wrote no plays that we know of. Perhaps in her exalted social circle, it simply wasn't done. Neither was divorce in her day - at least, not without a
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Where Wharton and 'Mad Men' meet - Boston Globe
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At first, “Mad Men'' and Edith Wharton seem not to belong in the same sentence. But if you think of them both as chronicling the lives of people at a particular moment in society, constrained by the mores and manners of their time,
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Edith Wharton: Sex, Satire and the Older Woman, By Avril Horner and Janet Beer - The Independent
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Do Edith Wharton's final works really represent "a falling-off from her greatest novels", as so many critics have claimed? Avril Horner and Janet Beer don't think so, and given my fondness for The Children, Hudson River Bracketed, The Gods Arrive and
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Edith Wharton: A New Course at the Salem Athenæum - Patch.com
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The Salem Athenæum honors the 100th anniversary of Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome with a fall course celebrating the author. This study of Wharton's work is slated for seven consecutive Saturday afternoons, 2:30 to 4:30,
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Editor's choice - Chicago Tribune
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Snow powders Washington Square's trees, gates and brownstones as the curtain is drawn back and "the ghost of Edith Wharton looked out with shy envy," writes Towles. With this bit of a wink, Towles conveys that he will be playing with some of the great
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To do list - Boston Globe
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800-315-4000. www.fathomevents.com Behind closed books We read their books, but do we know what writers Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Edith Wharton did when the pen was not in hand? At tonight's Flora's Author Series,
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Book Calendar: Signings, book groups and events for the week beginning Sunday ... - Los Angeles Daily News
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Booked Solid discuss "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson, 8 pm Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. 818-548-2040. at Granada Hills Library: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton will be discussed after the movie, 1:30 pm Reservations required
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Library Corner: All American novels capture the heart of the nation - Longview Daily News
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"The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton. Part comedy of manners and part romantic tragedy, Wharton's brilliant novel depicts the highest levels of New York society in the 1870s. It was the first novel written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize
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Book Review: Incognito - New York Press
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The milieu of early-20th-century New York City is the purview of Edith Wharton, and any author who dares to set their novels in the same time period will suffer in the comparison. To his credit, Gregory Murphy isn't as interested in the manners and
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Literature Can Turn Most Lethal - New York Times
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The other sounds like watered-down Edith Wharton. Still, it is said to possess the ability to blow minds. All of the above comes from “Dominance” by Will Lavender, a former literature professor whose first book, “Obedience,” also had a bondage-inspired
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Greatest Living Americans: in 1922 and 2011 - Huffington Post (blog)
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The half-dozen most frequently mentioned women were Jane Addams, Edith Wharton, Ida Tarbell, Carrie Chapman, M. Carey Thomas and Cecelia Beaux. The names were not immediately familiar to the class. As we talked about their various contributions,
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Former first lady visits The Mount - Berkshire Eagle
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LENOX -- For the former first lady Laura Bush and four close friends who used to gather at the White House, it was a quiet, private ladies' day out as they visited the Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount over the weekend
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Laura Bush Spends Afternoon at The Mount - iBerkshires.com
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Former first lady Laura Bush and four close friends spent a relaxing Saturday exploring the gardens and visiting Edith Wharton's library at The Mount, the National Historic Landmark estate of the famous writer. This is Bush's second visit to The Mount
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Makings of a great American | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-06-20 - Philadelphia Inquirer
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The women included Jane Addams, Edith Wharton, Ida Tarbell, Carrie Chapman Catt, M. Carey Thomas, and Cecilia Beaux. Their names were not immediately familiar to the class. As we talked about their contributions, the students realized that with the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edith Wharton
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  • 1937
    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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  • 1934
    In 1934 Wharton's autobiography A Backward Glance was published.
    More Details Hide Details In the view of Judith E. Funston, writing on Edith Wharton in American National Biography, What is most notable about A Backward Glance, however, is what it does not tell: her criticism of Lucretia Jones mother, her difficulties with Teddy, and her affair with Morton Fullerton, which did not come to light until her papers, deposited in Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Room and Manuscript Library, were opened in 1968.
  • 1921
    The Age of Innocence (1920) won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making Wharton the first woman to win the award.
    More Details Hide Details The three fiction judges—literary critic Stuart Pratt Sherman, literature professor Robert Morss Lovett, and novelist Hamlin Garland—voted to give the prize to Sinclair Lewis for his satire Main Street, but Columbia University’s advisory board, led by conservative university president Nicholas Murray Butler, overturned their decision and awarded the prize to The Age of Innocence. Wharton was friend and confidante to many gifted intellectuals of her time: Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau and André Gide were all her guests at one time or another. Theodore Roosevelt, Bernard Berenson, and Kenneth Clark were valued friends as well. Particularly notable was her meeting with F. Scott Fitzgerald, described by the editors of her letters as "one of the better known failed encounters in the American literary annals". She spoke fluent French, Italian, and German, and many of her books were published in both French and English.
  • 1920
    During the post war years she divided her time between Hyères and Provence, where she finished The Age of Innocence in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details She returned to the United States only once after the war, to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University in 1923.
  • 1916
    She wrote the popular romantic novel Summer in 1916, the war novella, The Marne, in 1918, and A Son at the Front in 1919, (though it was not published until 1923).
    More Details Hide Details When the war ended, she watched the Victory Parade from the Champs Elysees' balcony of a friend's apartment. After four years of intense effort, she decided to leave Paris in favor of the peace and quiet of the countryside. Wharton settled ten miles north of Paris in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, buying an eighteenth-century house on seven acres of land which she called Pavillon Colombe. She would live there in summer and autumn for the rest of her life. She spent winters and springs on the French Riviera at Sainte Claire du Vieux Chateau in Hyeres. Wharton was a committed supporter of French imperialism, describing herself as a "rabid imperialist", and the war solidified her political views. After the war she travelled to Morocco as the guest of Resident General Hubert Lyautey and wrote a book, In Morocco, about her experiences. Wharton's writing on her Moroccan travels is full of praise for the French administration and for Lyautey and his wife in particular.
    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.
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  • 1915
    In 1915 Wharton edited The Book of the Homeless, which included essays, art, poetry and musical scores by many major contemporary European and American artists, including Henry James, Joseph Conrad, William Dean Howells, Anna de Noailles, Jean Cocteau and Walter Gay, among others.
    More Details Hide Details Wharton proposed the book to her publisher, Scribner's. She handled all of the business arrangements, lined up contributors, and translated the French entries into English. Theodore Roosevelt wrote a two-page Introduction in which he praised Wharton's effort and urged Americans to support the war. She also kept up her own work during the war, continuing to write novels, short stories, and poems, as well as reporting for the New York Times and keeping up her enormous correspondence. Wharton urged Americans to support the war effort and encouraged America to enter the war.
    Aided by her influential connections in the French government, she and her long-time friend Walter Berry (then president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris), were among the few foreigners in France allowed to travel to the front lines during World War I. She and Berry made five journeys between February and August 1915, which Wharton described in a series of articles that were first published in Scribner's Magazine and later as Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort, which became an American bestseller.
    More Details Hide Details Travelling by car, Wharton and Berry drove through the war zone, viewing one decimated French village after another. She visited the trenches, and was within earshot of artillery fire. She wrote, "We woke to a noise of guns closer and more incessant and when we went out into the streets it seemed as if, overnight, a new army had sprung out of the ground".
    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.
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  • 1914
    When the Germans invaded Belgium in the fall of 1914 and Paris was flooded with Belgian refugees, she helped to set up the American Hostels for Refugees, which managed to get them shelter, meals, clothes and eventually an employment agency to help them find work.
    More Details Hide Details She collected more than $100,000 on their behalf.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details What began with thirty women soon doubled to sixty, and their sewing business began to thrive.
  • 1913
    She divorced Edward Wharton in 1913 after 28 years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Edith was beset with harsh criticisms leveled by the naturalist writers.
  • 1911
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When living there and while traveling abroad, Wharton was usually driven to appointments by her longtime chauffeur and friend Charles Cook, a native of nearby South Lee, Massachusetts. When her marriage deteriorated, she decided to move permanently to France, living first at 53 Rue de Varenne, Paris, in an apartment that belonged to George Washington Vanderbilt II. Wharton was preparing to vacation for the summer when World War I broke out. Though many fled Paris, she moved back to her Paris apartment on the Rue de Varenne and for four years was a tireless and ardent supporter of the French war effort.
  • 1902
    In 1902, Wharton designed The Mount, her estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, which survives today as an example of her design principles.
    More Details Hide Details Edith Wharton wrote several of her novels there, including The House of Mirth (1905), the first of many chronicles of life in old New York. At The Mount, she entertained the cream of American literary society, including her close friend, novelist Henry James, who described the estate as "a delicate French chateau mirrored in a Massachusetts pond".
  • 1888
    In 1888, the Whartons and their friend James Van Alen took a cruise through the Aegean islands.
    More Details Hide Details Wharton was 26. The trip cost the Whartons $10,000 and lasted four months. She kept a travel journal during this trip that was thought to be lost but was later published as The Cruise of the Vanadis, now considered her earliest known travel writing.
  • 1885
    In 1885, at age 23, she married Edward (Teddy) Robbins Wharton, who was 12 years her senior.
    More Details Hide Details From a well-established Boston family, he was a sportsman and a gentleman of the same social class and shared her love of travel. From the late 1880s until 1902, he suffered acute depression, and the couple ceased their extensive travel. At that time his depression manifested as a more serious disorder, after which they lived almost exclusively at their estate The Mount. In 1908 her husband's mental state was determined to be incurable. In the same year, she began an affair with Morton Fullerton, a journalist for The Times, in whom she found an intellectual partner.
  • 1882
    Edith was engaged to Henry Stevens in 1882 after a two-year courtship.
    More Details Hide Details The month the two were to marry, the engagement abruptly ended.
  • 1880
    In 1880 she had five poems published anonymously in the Atlantic Monthly, then a revered literary magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Despite these early successes, she was not encouraged by her family nor her social circle, and though she continued to write, she did not publish anything again until her poem, "The Last Giustiniani", was published in Scribner's Magazine in October 1889.
  • 1878
    In 1878 her father arranged for a collection of two dozen original poems and five translations, Verses, to be privately published.
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  • 1877
    In 1877, at the age of 15, she secretly wrote a 30,000 word novella "Fast and Loose".
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  • 1862
    She was baptized April 20, 1862, Easter Sunday, at Grace Church.
    More Details Hide Details To her friends and family she was known as "Pussy Jones". The saying "keeping up with the Joneses" is said to refer to her father's family. She was also related to the Rensselaer family, the most prestigious of the old patroon families. She had a lifelong lovely friendship with her Rhinelander niece, landscape architect Beatrix Farrand of Reef Point in Bar Harbor, Maine. Edith was born during the Civil War; she was three years old when the South surrendered. After the war, the family traveled extensively in Europe. From 1866 to 1872, the Jones family visited France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. During her travels, the young Edith became fluent in French, German, and Italian. At the age of ten, she suffered from typhoid fever while the family was at a spa in the Black Forest. After the family returned to the United States in 1872, they spent their winters in New York and their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. While in Europe, she was educated by tutors and governesses. She rejected the standards of fashion and etiquette that were expected of young girls at the time, intended to enable women to marry well and to be displayed at balls and parties. She thought these requirements were superficial and oppressive. Edith wanted more education than she received, so she read from her father's library and from the libraries of her father's friends.
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