Edith Wharton, 1862 - 1937

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Born: 24 January 1862, New York City
Died: 11 August 1937, Saint-Brice-sous-For

Born Edith Newbold Jones, some believe that "keeping up with the Joneses" was originally meant as an attempt to keep up with her father's family. The family traveled extensively so Edith was educated entirely by tutors. She married Teddy Wharton in 1885, they shared a love of travel but apparently not much else. She was a highly regarded landscape architect and interior designer in her time and entertained the cream of New York society in a home of her own design at Lenox, Massachusetts. After her divorce she moved permanently to France, using family connections she had access to the front lines during the war. In 1921 The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize for literature, making her the first woman to win that award. She suffered several strokes in her last months. During her final illness she continued to write in bed, dropping each page on the floor as she finished it.

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