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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) penned 40 books in 40 years without any formal education. With only the instruction of a governess and her self will, Wharton remains one of the most famous female writers of all time. Her novels, which include "The House of Mirth" and "Age of Innocence," accompany numerous short stories as respected works in the American tradition. Born to wealthy parents, Wharton grew up traveling and participating in the fashionable society of New York. She spent many years abroad as a child and later returned to the United States, where she began writing about home decoration, architecture, and gardening. In addition to these books, Wharton found success in her fiction, which was filled with irony, satire, and moral seriousness. Although she called herself a better landscape artist than a novelist, Wharton earned accolades as the first woman to earn a Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate at Yale University, and the first female member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.




For more information about the life and works of Edith Wharton, visit the following sites:
  • Edith Wharton's World
    Part of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, this site offers an extensive biography of the writer, as well as portraits of many of the major characters and settings featured in her work.

  • Edith Wharton e-texts
    You'll find access to eight novels and 64 short stories at this site dedicated to work of Wharton.

  • Edith Wharton Society
    An official gathering of scholars and interested people studying Wharton, this site offers meetings, conferences and an online journal. The new Student Query section allows students writing papers on Wharton to post questions and receive quick responses from the experts.

  • Restoration of The Mount
    Wharton's love for landscape resulted in "The Mount," her abode in Lenox, Mass. that compares to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in its reflection of the soul of its owner. This informational site is gearing up for The Mount's centennial celebration in 2002.

  • Domestic Goddess
    Celebrating women who wrote about domesticity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this site offers insightful biographies and links to e-texts for Edith Wharton and others.

  • The Edith Wharton Murders
    Read a review of Lev Raphael's satirical mystery, "The Edith Wharton Murders." Set during a Wharton conference at the State University of Michigan, the novel pokes fun at the intellectual snobbery of societies dedicated to writers who study literary greats like Wharton.




   --- Nicole E. Magistro

 
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