This Day in History… August 11, 1937
Noted author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton died on August 11, 1937.
Edith Newbold Jones Wharton was born on January 24, 1862, in New York City, New York. Wharton came from a wealthy family – it’s been said that the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” may have been in reference to her father’s family. After the Civil War, her family traveled Europe extensively, during which time she learned French, German, and Italian.