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Typical for members of her class at that time, Edith had a distant relationship with her parents. Inat the age of twenty-three, Edith married Edward Wharton, an older man whom the Jones family found to be of suitably lofty social rank. At an early stage the marriage turned somewhat sour, but Wharton remained with her husband for well over twenty years.
She divorced him inalthough she never renounced his family name. In fact, Wharton was advised by her doctor to take up the writing of fiction more seriously in order to relieve tension and stress. Eventually, Wharton turned to more tangible sources of relief as well, finding temporary solace in her surreptitious affair with the journalist Morton Fullerton, which coincided with the disintegration of her marriage.
It was in the wake of this affair and her ensuing divorce that Wharton wrote many of her most successful and enduring works. Criticized as an immoral radical in her early years and as a moralizing conservative in her later years, Wharton has been difficult to pin down in her shadowy, shifting beliefs.
She was undoubtedly concerned with the moral universe, but, in her fiction, conforming to social norms is constantly at odds with a rejection of conformity.
She can perhaps best be described as a critic of moral recklessness, whether this recklessness causes one to lean toward conformity or toward rejection of conformity. Wharton wanted individuals to consider each moral decision on its own terms.
After producing a great quantity of little-read short stories and novels, Wharton enjoyed her first true critical and popular success with the publication of The House of Mirth in In the early s, she settled in Paris, where she remained for the rest of her days. One of her close associates there was the novelist Henry James, a fellow American expatriate of similarly intense and indecipherable moral sensibility.
The novel is all the more remarkable for its austere and penetrating impressions of rural working-class New England, especially given that its author was a woman of leisure, living in the comfort of her Paris salon. Wharton based the narrative of Ethan Frome on an accident that had occurred in Lenox, Massachusetts, where she had traveled extensively and had come into contact with one of the victims of the accident.
Wharton found the notion of the tragic sledding crash to be irresistible as a potential extended metaphor for the wrongdoings of a secret love affair.
She continued to write novels throughout the s, and, inshe wrote her autobiography, A Backward Glance. Inafter nearly half a century of devotion to the art of fiction, Edith Wharton died in her villa near Paris at the age of seventy-five.Edith Wharton was born Edith Jones into an upper-class New York City family in Typical for members of her class at that time, Edith had a .
Edith Wharton was born on the 24 January, in New York City. She was born into an aristocratic society and was well educated. Her occupations consisted of being a novelist a short story writer as well as being a designer.4/4(12).
Values. By the time Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, she had seen World War I destroy much of the world as she knew it. She looked back on her early years in New York as a time of social continuity, and felt that the passing of values from parent to child had a civilizing influence.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is the history of the isolated town of Macondo and of the family who founds it, the Buendías.
For years, the town has no contact with the outside world, except for gypsies who occasionally visit, peddling technologies like ice and telescopes. Jennie Fields reimagines Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age world, and the love affair that threatened her closest friendship. Edith Wharton, Victorian writer Love .
Wharton's Love Life - If it was not for Wharton’s not so content marriage then her writing would not have been what it is now, so realistic and a way of changing one’s point of view. Throughout her childhood she lived mostly abroad and mainly in Italy and France.
She was born in New York to a wealthy family and in the later years her rushed marriage came along.