Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton lived a very interesting life. She had grown up in a relatively high class family. She had some trouble in her relationship though. Most of her novels are written about her past life experiences. Although she did have challenges to face, Edith Wharton ended up extremely well.
On January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton was born in New York City. Her parents are George Fredric Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. They were descents from English and Duitch colonists who made money banking, real estate, and shipping. She has two brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and Henry Edward. The family moved to Spain for about a year and then moved to Pairs. Summer of 1870, they moved to Germany, and there Edith got typhoid fever. At age ten, she moved back to Manhattan. She was taught by a governess and also taught herself by reading her father’s library. In 1885, she married Edward Robbins Wharton. She was twenty three and he was tweleve years older than her. He was a wealthy banker but they did not have an easy relationship. They had two different outlooks on life, Edith was more artistic and he was more about business and work. She had a love affair with Morton Fullerton and ends up divorcing Edward in 1913. She moved to Pairs for a more artistic surrounding. In Paris, she met many famous writer and intellectual people. She really enjoyed gardening and very fashionable houses. She had a love for arts and letters. SAhe had surrounded her self with a beautiful world, even though in realtiy the world she lived in was anything but beautiful. She lived life against what society believed a women should be. She wanted to stand out against the rest of society and do something.
Edith Wharton wrote at least eighty-five...

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