Edith Wharton

The Reckoning
  • The Reckoning

  • Edith Wharton

    'If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature.'

    Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life.

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    Edith Wharton (1862-1937). Wharton's works available in Penguin Classics are Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country and The House of Mirth.

Edith Newbold Jones (Edith Wharton) (1862-1937) was born in New York City during the American Civil War. She enjoyed a diverse and very successful career as interior and garden designer, short story writer and celebrated novelist, and was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Wharton found inspiration for Ethan Frome's tragic denouement in an actual event in Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the victims of which she met personally. The House of Mirth is also published in the Penguin English Library.