Edith Wharton

Novelist, Author

1862 – 1937

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Who was Edith Wharton?

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in years 1927, 1928 and 1930.

Famous Quotes:

  • There is too much sour grapes for my taste in the present American attitude. The time to denounce the bankers was when we were all feeding off their gold plate; not now! At present they have not only my sympathy but my preference. They are the last representatives of our native industries.
  • My first few weeks in America are always miserable, because the tastes I am cursed with are all of a kind that cannot be gratified here, and I am not enough in sympathy with our gross public to make up for the lack on the aesthetic side. One's friends are delightful; but we are none of us Americans, we don't think or feel as the Americans do, we are the wretched exotics produced in a European glass-house, the most displaced and useless class on earth!
  • If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
  • I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.
  • Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.
  • There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
  • A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
  • How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be American before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
  • Almost everybody in the neighborhood had troubles, frankly localized and specified; but only the chosen had complications. To have them was in itself a distinction, though it was also, in most cases, a death warrant. People struggled on for years wit
  • I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.

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Jan 24, 1862
New York City
Also known as
  • Edith Newbold Jones
  • Edith Newbold Jones Wharton
  • Wharton Edith
  • E Wharton
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • New York City
Aug 11, 1937
Resting place
Cimetière des Gonards

on July 23, 2013


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