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Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

On this day in 1862, American author Edith Wharton was born. Known for her stories about America’s upper-class, Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921.

She was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862 to a prominent and wealthy New York family. In 1885, she married Edward Wharton, a wealthy banker. The couple eventually divorced in 1913 after 28 years of marriage.

Although she began writing at a young age, Wharton did not publish her first novel until the age of 40. Wharton was known to write about New York’s high society and paint a realistic portrayal of life in the Gilded Age. Some of her most popular and successful works include The House of MirthEthan Frome, and The Age of Innocence, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

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