Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

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EDITH WHARTON was born in New York in 1862. Her parents were George Frederic and Lucretia Stevens Jones, the latter born Rhinelander. As a child she doubtless heard the drums and saw the banners that led the New York regiments to the front. Her great-grandfather, Ebenezer Stevens, was a general in the Revolutionary War. She was thus born, as it were, into some sort of historical consciousness. Her childhood must have made her familiar with those red brick houses on Washington Square and University Place whose interiors she recalled so minutely in The Age of Innocence. She must have been taken, perhaps in one of Brown's coupes, to the Academy of Music to hear Christine Nilsson sing Faust, or to Wallack's to see Dion Boucicault play The Shaughraun , or to Grace Church to witness the solemnization of a matrimonial alliance between the houses of van der Luyden, Dagonet, Lanning, or Mingott, as described in the same novel. Much of her childhood was passed abroad where her education by private . . .

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