Edith Wharton 's The New York Essay

1580 Words May 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Edith Wharton led one of the most privileged lives of any major American novelists. She lived free of money worries because of inherited income. She had houses in rich areas, passions for gardens and interior decoration, toured Europe in cars and yachts, and despised second-class hotels (Franzen). Wharton lived a high profile life unlike any other authors, a comfortable life that most people today want to live. She came from a long line of important names in the American, specifically the New York, society that had led the social life of New York in the past (“Edith Wharton, 75, Is Dead in France”). Wharton used her unique background to craft stories portraying “the upper-class New York society in the 1870s” or her observations of “the grimmer possibilities of the New England farm life” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). Wharton was unlike the average American. She was born in New York on January 24, 1862, in a respected and established family. She lived within “the inner circle of New York society” that thought of itself as above others (“Edith Wharton, 75, Is Dead in France”). Her education did not come from classrooms, but rather “private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). Wharton’s privileged life began very early on in her life. Wharton and her family went abroad for “cultural health and economy” for six years (“Edith Wharton, 75, Is Dead in France”). She was never sent to school and had a very sheltered…

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