Thursday, January 24, 2008

Happy birthday, Edith Wharton.

Edith Wharton—author of Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and The Age of Innocence; friend of Henry James; and a relative of mystery author Frances Newbold Noyes Hart—was born today in 1862. She died in 1937.

She received the Cross of the Legion of Honor from the French government for her considerable relief work during World War I and the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence in 1921. Among her many works are a number of ghost stories such as "The Fullness of Life," "The Moving Finger," "Mr. Jones," "The Triumph of Night," and "Pomegranate Seed." New York Review of Books Classics has recently issued The New York Stories of Edith Wharton.

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