Saturday, August 11, 2007

Edith Wharton - American Novelist

Edith Wharton was an American Novelist who is most famous for "The Age of Innocence" (1920) which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and "The House of Mirth" (1905) and "Ethan Frome" (1911).

She lived from January 24, 1862- August 11, 1937

Her Contemporaries & Companions Included:
President Theodore Roosevelt, and authors Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, and Earnest HemingwayThe Combination of Her Sense of Design and Her Writing TalentsShe began her writing career with the book "The Decoration of Houses" (1897) which became a surprise success.

It is hard to imagine a time before Martha Stewart, Sunset Magazine, and The Travel Channel, but Edith Wharton was the pioneer of these programs we are now addicted to. Wharton gave readers their first glance into home design and landscape design. She focused on off-the-beaten path Italian villas. She rode in some of the first automobiles all throughout the Italian countryside to find and recreate glorious Italian gardens.

One of her most exciting projects, and of which she stated was an even better accomplishment than "The House of Mirth" was the design and building of her summer estate home in Lenox, Massachusetts called "The Mount".

You can tour this fantastic home and understand the writer even more by walking in her footsteps.
Tour Edith Wharton Estate "The Mount".

A modern, gorgeous book about Edith and her journeys in Italy is "Edith Wharton's Italian Gardens" by Vivian Russell. This is a coffee table sized book.

About the author: Allison Frederick is a writer and online marketing educator for other creative women. offers free Web 2.0 resources. She is also the author of an upcoming novel, A Portrait of Josephine, an academic-lite thriller. Find out how to receive a free copy of the novel by visiting

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