Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, a novel about suffocating social mores set in New York City during the Gilded Age, observes its centennial this year. The author’s twelfth novel, it won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, making Wharton was the first woman to attain that honor.

To mark the occasion, The Mount, Wharton’s house

For many of us, the past three months of lockdown has meant extra time for reading. With no social or cultural events to attend, the books have beckoned. Luckily, a great selection of books about books were in the works for late spring and early summer publication. Here are the ones that I’ve been enjoying.     

Leading our nonfiction list is, of course, longtime FB&C

New York—The top lots at Swann Galleries’ November 20 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature were first editions of Pulitzer price winners—and two of them set auction records. Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons, inscribed first edition with dust jacket, 1918, and Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, first edition in first issue dust jacket, New York, 1920, each brought a record
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