Courses / EDITH WHARTON, A NEW YORK WRITER

Coordinators: Patricia Geehr, Arlene Curinga

Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937), the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence, wrote of the tragedies and ironies of life, especially among members of aristocratic New York society in the 19th and early 20th century. Using the preferred 2020 Scribner edition, we will discuss The House of Mirth, the literary sensation that established Wharton’s reputation. Readings and discussion in the class will provide a “backward glance” into 19th and 20th century New York society.