Our historical literary event for today is the birthday of American novelist Edith Wharton who was born January 24th, 1862. Her perhaps most well-known novel is The Age of Innocence which earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Here are a few interesting facts about our Author of the Day:
The phrase, “Keeping up with the Joneses”, was actually coined because of Wharton! She supposedly used it in reference to her father’s family.
Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature.
Wharton was a talented writer of horror stories involving ghosts and other paranormal activity.
After her divorce, Wharton moved to France and was able to visit the frontlines during World War I. She offered support through establishing hospitals and helping refugees find homes.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to read some of her books, now is a great time to start! You can check out Gutenberg for access to her novels and stories which are in the public domain. Happy reading! :)