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About Edith Wharton. Edith Wharton. Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses.
Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the a Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, as well as witty reviews of it and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly. After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton.
Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton's novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Wharton's first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in , enjoyed considerable literary success.
Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton's reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. In Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines.
She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work. The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in -- the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman. Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished.
Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France. Books by Edith Wharton. Related Articles. While dealing with her husband's illness, this debut author turned to the refuge of Jane Austen's work.
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The Valley of Childish Things, and Other Emblems Things
Number of words for page:. Chapter 1 I. Once upon a time a number of children lived together in the Valley of Childish Things, playing all manner of delightful games, and studying the same lesson-books. But one day a little girl, one of their number, decided that it was time to see something of the world about which the lesson-books had taught her; and as none of the other children cared to leave their games, she set out alone to climb the pass which led out of the valley. It was a hard climb, but at length she reached a cold, bleak table-land beyond the mountains. Here she saw cities and men, and learned many useful arts, and in so doing grew to be a woman.