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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was born in New York City to a socially prominent family and began writing stories and poems in her childhood. In many of her novels she captured the flavor of New York society at the turn of the century. Ethan Frome, with a quite different setting, has become one of her best-known works. Wharton settled permanently in France after an unsuccessful marriage and from the age of 40 published an average of a book a year--novels, short stories, nonfiction, and poetry. In 1921 she won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence.