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Edith Wharton: A brief personal history and overview of literary achievements The cultural advancement of the 1920's has many important literary figures associated with it. Names such as T.S. Elliot, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are some of the better-known names. Edith Wharton is one of the less known of the period, but is still a formidable writer. This paper will explore Ms. Wharton's life and history and give a brief background surrounding …

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…a historical romance; novels; novelettes; travel books; a book of war impressions; literary criticism; and autobiography. Although she has been highly commended for all of her published works, her greatest achievement is undoubtedly in the area of the novel, featuring such literary masterworks as The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and the Age of Innocence. Edith Wharton made a great impression on the literary scene of the 1900's and her presence is still felt today.