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American novelist and essayist Edith Wharton is born into a wealthy family in New York City

Edith Wharton, detail
01/24/1862
Edith Wharton, the accomplished and famous author of scores of novels and almost a hundred published short stories, was born Edith Newbold Jones to a wealthy family in New York City. She married Edward Wharton in 1883 but both members of the union suffered from emotional disorders, "Teddy" to a debilitating extent that brought about a divorce in 1908.  Wharton settled permanently in France in 1911 and died there from a stroke in 1937.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Katherine Joslin, Edith Wharton (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996), 5-6. 

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