Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

New York City / United States
Edith Wharton
New York City / United States
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Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

Early Life and Marriage

Wharton was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. She had two brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and Henry Edward. The saying "Keeping up with the Joneses" is said to refer to he ...
Popular Poems
1.
A Failure
I MEANT to be so strong and true!
The world may smile and question, When?
But what I might have been to you
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2.
Chartres
I

Immense, august, like some Titanic bloom,
The mighty choir unfolds its lithic core,
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3.
Belgium
Not with her ruined silver spires,
Not with her cities shamed and rent,
Perish the imperishable fires
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4.
Botticelli's Madonna In The Louvre
WHAT strange presentiment, O Mother, lies
On thy waste brow and sadly-folded lips,
Forefeeling the Light's terrible eclipse
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5.
Happiness
THIS perfect love can find no words to say.
What words are left, still sacred for our use,
That have not suffered the sad world's abuse,
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.
11 November 2014
A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
11 November 2014
I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!!... What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, & eating bananas for breakfast.
11 November 2014
I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, & consequently suggests more tugging, & pain, & diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.
11 November 2014
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.

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