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.