The Age of Innocence

When you talk about accomplished authors you immediately think about contemporary authors such as J.K. Rowling. Writers, whose book became pop culture. Or authors who have stood the test of time and whose books are still widely read, such as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Today however I obtained a new way of looking at accomplishment while researching the writer of the next book on my reading list; Edith Wharton.

Edith Warton wrote several novels, short stories, poems and non-fiction books about interior design and travel. I’ll be reading her 12th and last novella named; “The Age of Innocence”, published in 1920.  Edith Warton was a very interesting woman and saw a lot of the world. I am curious how she will describe New York and from which perspective she will depict the high society, of which circles she came from.

In conclusion, here are some accomplishments of Edith Warton that made me admire her as an author and a person. For being an individual with such a history I think it is a surprise I never heard of her before.

#1:  In 1921 Edith Warton won the Pulitzer Prise for fiction, which makes her the first woman ever to win this highly esteemed award.

#2: Edith Warton’s books were popular in America as well as Europe (especially Britain and France).

#3: Edith Warton was fluid in French, Italian and German apart from her mother tongue (English).

#4: She was nominated for the Nobel Prise in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930

#5: During the first world war she was one of the few foreigners in France who were allowed to travel along the front lines.

#6: The President of France appointed her Chevalier of the Legion of Honour for her efforts during the World War

#7: In 1923 she received an honorary doctorate degree by Yale.


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