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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American author best known for her stories and novels about the upper-class society into which she was born. Educated privately at home and in Europe, she married Edward Wharton, a Boston banker, in 1885. Her marriage was emotionally disappointing, if not disastrous, and she suffered a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. About this time she began to write fiction. Her major literary model was Henry James, whom she knew, and her work reveals James' concern for...See more