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Edith Wharton, early twentieth-century novelist of American nationality, upper-middle-class status and subject-matter, and European cultural interests, has suffered in critical estimation by being ranked second to her friend and contemporary Henry James. Writing through the modernist period, she remained traditional in her techniques. Most of her stories revolve around the dilemmas faced by women in a society which offers them little while depending on their compliance. She produced non-fictional prose, short fiction, travel writing, autobiography, and letters as well as the novels for which she is best known. She is currently enjoying a boom in reputation.
24 January 1862 Edith Newbold Jones (later EW) was born in New York City, the third child but first daughter in a family spread over more than a decade. Bibliographic Citation link.
1878 The teenage Edith Jones (later EW) issued her first publication, a thirty-two-page volume entitled Verses, through C. E. Hammett, Jr, at Newport, Rhode Island. Bibliographic Citation link.
January-November 1905 EW's well-known novel The House of Mirth was serialized in Scribner's Magazine. It appeared in book form on 14 October 1905. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
27 April 1934 EW published a book of memoirs entitled A Backward Glance. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 August 1937 EW died of a stroke at her house at Pavillon Colombe at Saint-Brice-sous-ForĂȘt, near Paris. Bibliographic Citation link.
By early October 1938 The year following EW's death her novel The Buccaneers was issued posthumously and unfinished: in it she returned to the New York of the 1870s. Bibliographic Citation link.
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