Today in American History…Edith Wharton was Born

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 to a wealthy family in New York.

Unhappily married (and divorced in 1913) she wrote a lot of her books about the travails of high society and unhappy marriages.

Her very first book, The House of Mirth, became a bestseller. She frequently wrote for women’s magazines of the day and her popular novella, Ethan Frome, is one of her best known writings.

Her 1920 novel, Age of Innocence, won the Pulitzer Prize.

She lived in France during World War I and assisted refugees. Because of her courageousness and selflessness she was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1916.

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