About Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) ranks among the most significant figures in twentieth century American literature. Wharton wrote a number of best-selling novels and was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature (The Age of Innocence, 1921). The Mount estate in Massachusetts, which now operates as a museum dedicated to the promotion of Wharton’s cultural legacy, acquired the majority of Wharton’s library materials from an independent bookseller in 2005. Many of the editions contained in the library collection are rare and valuable, and many contain Wharton’s own annotations and underlinings, making them exceptionally useful to scholars – not just to those who study Edith Wharton, but to anyone interested in the histories of readership, literacy, literary taste, and print culture more generally.