Edith Wharton.. an American writer, was born on this day, January 24, 1862, in New York, to a family that enjoyed great wealth and influence. Her family’s social position allowed her to get acquainted with famous personalities and the writers of her time.
Edith Wharton began her literary activity early. At the age of eighteen, she had written a short novel and published her poems in some magazines. Her novels numbered more than twenty. In addition, she published three collections of poetry and more than eighty-five short stories.
It was expected that Wharton would become a housewife, but instead she showed intellectual talent and began writing at an early age. She had begun to fear spinsterhood. At the age of 23, she married Edward Wharton – who had neither a career nor wealth. and troubled, but the couple did not separate until 1913, and Wharton returned to writing, often dealing with the topics of divorce, unhappy marriages, and free-spirited individuals trapped by social pressures.
Wharton’s 1905 novel recounts, The House of Mirththe story of a New York socialite with a strong sense of individuality, the book became a bestseller.--
Wharton traveled abroad frequently and after her divorce began writing for women’s magazines. Her novel, Ethan Frome, detailing a New England farmer besieged by the demands of the women in his life, remains one of her best-known works.-
Her novel won in 1920, Age of innocenceWharton published several other books, but some of her later works suffered from deadlines and the pressures of writing for money. She remained in France during World War I, helping refugees, and was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1916.
And she published another best-selling book, which is Twilight SleepIn her 1927 autobiography, A Backward Glance in 1934, and died in France in 1937.