(1862 - 1937)
Having published her first collection of short stories in 1899 in her late thirties, Edith Wharton emerged as one of America’s foremost novelists after the publication of The House of Mirth in 1905. Two years later she moved to France, where she lived until her death. Wharton liked to wake early and write in bed with a pencil, dropping pages on the floor; her secretary typed up the results and had them ready for her the next morning. The Age of Innocence was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1921.