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  • Kim C.

Today - 80 Years Ago.

On this day in 1937, novelist Edith Wharton passed away of a stroke at the age of 75. Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight.

She is best known for her work "The Age of Innocence," but she wrote many novels along with a plethora of short stories and poetry. "The Age of Innocence" won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making her the first woman to win the award.

Ultimately, she paved the way for many female authors who would follow after her. Wharton used a simple style of writing that held control of her characters and the environment. Today, she is still read in many American Literature classes in college, and in some high school English classes. Her legacy lives on through her writing, and will for decades to come.

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