Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Mrs Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton, Author, died without children

Associated Houses

The Mount

Lenox

Pavillon Colombe

Saint-Brice-sous-ForĂȘt

Land's End

Newport

Mary Mason Jones Mansion

1 East 57th Street, Manhattan

She was the unequivocal Queen of Gilded Age Literature and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature (1921). Born into old money and privilege, she observed firsthand - and with disdain - the idle and unintellectual lives led by the rich in New York's Gilded Age. In 1888, she inherited $120,000 from her recluse and miserly cousin Joshua Jones, whose overall estate in Chemical Bank shares was worth some $7 million. This bequest gave her the independence to pursue her dreams as an author. Among the 56 books she wrote, she is best known for The House of Mirth (1905) and The Age of Innocence (1920) etc., etc.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 05/02/2019 and last updated on 16/12/2019.