Today is Edith Wharton's 155th birthday, and I feel that she's almost like family. In my senior year of college, I read the Pulitzer-winning Wharton biography by R.W.B. Lewis and was impressed by Wharton's relentless drive to succeed as an author and to perfect her craft. Show More Summary
Q: I read an article by John Updike in an old New Yorker that says the expression “keeping up with the Joneses” is believed to come from the lavish lifestyle of the family of Edith Wharton (née Jones). Is that true? A: No, Edith Wharton’s family is not responsible for the expression. In fact, that... ? Read More: Keeping up with the Joneses
In its backward glance at the 1870s, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (1920) treats readers to a peculiar spectacle on the occasion of an engagement. As the young bride-to-be, May Welland, presents her left hand—recently sapphire...Show More Summary
Shutterstock Today’s Chief Legal Officers Are Tomorrow’s Lawyers Edith Wharton, the novelist and social chronicler, remarked “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. “ Chief Legal Officers are both candles and mirrors of the legal profession. To understand their role and [...]
The creative sisterhood of “Little Women,” the social scandal of Edith Wharton and the courtship mishaps of Jane Austen.
I have been a fan of Edith Wharton's work for a very long time, and I recently had the real pleasure of re-reading The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth and several of her stories. Not having gotten enough, I read The Custom of the...Show More Summary
Pin it I think you always feel a certain connection with your favorite writers, and I feel a particular kinship with Edith Wharton. Besides being an accomplished novelist and chronicler of Gilded Age New York, she was also passionately interested in decorating. Show More Summary
"I know the only cure, which is to make one’s center of life inside of one’s self, not selfishly or excludingly, but with a kind of unassailable serenity."
Embed from Getty Images Edith Wharton's first publication was "The Decoration of Houses" in 1902. Co-authored with the architect, William Ogden Codman, Jr., the book was a polemic against "lambrequins, jardinières. artificial plants,...Show More Summary
I had an amazing senior year of college reading (and reveling in) George Eliot, Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Lawrence Durrell, Fitzgerald, and Henry James. While all of them inspired me to be a better writer of fiction--my goal in life--it was James who was the catalyst for perhaps the deepest change. Show More Summary
A new short story by Edith Wharton has been discovered in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at Yale. The nine-page story, “The Field of Honour,” takes place in 1915. We reflect on Wharton’s work.
Edith Wharton is far better known for her tales of opulent New York City life than for her time in France supporting her adopted country’s efforts during the First World War. But recent scholarship, and a new find, might change that. …Read More
The work was likely written right before 'The Age of Innocence' was published in 1920.
Someone has found a previously unknown, never-published Edith Wharton short story about French society on the home front and female volunteer workers during World War I, knocking around Yale’s rare books and manuscripts library. Hey, while you’re back there, check for the Holy Grail and a recipe for turning lead into gold, would you? Read more...
The sterling-silver toy is selling for $16,500.
Author Edith Wharton knew houses. In 1897, still a Manhattanite, she co-wrote The Decoration of Houses, a noted design guide that sits near the roots of the design industry's "family tree." In 1901, she began to put her design...
“Without any real funds to contribute while they were in the grips of their lenders, Wissler relied on outside organizations to help her maintain the vibrancy of the place. The Mount invited theater companies, prominent writers and intellectuals to come in and give talks to what turned out to be sold-out auditoriums of locals. ‘We […]
The Mount says it has made final payments to its lenders and no longer carries any debt, bringing to a close a financial saga that might have come from the pages of a novel by its onetime owner.
Edith Wharton’s masterpieces are great precisely because they skirt the divide between profound human observations (about our inability to change or to put ourselves on a limb to aid each other, and the exquisite futility of our longing...Show More Summary
Sex, politics, and sexual politics were on the menu last night for an even-more-gross-than-usual episode of Another Period. Edith Wharton can’t even bother to turn over in her grave for this kind of stuff. Everything from gay conversion...Show More Summary