Four hundred letters, from the surviving four thousand – from her first letter in 1874, written when Edith Wharton was 12, to her last letter, penned just days before her death in 1937 – tell the story of how a self-critical late starter became a productive and acclaimed writer.
Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921 for her novel 'The Age of Innocence', a portrayal of the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. Yet despite the accolades, there was a mixed critical understanding of her work.
Wharton corresponded with writers like Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Bernard Berenson. Letters to her mid-life lover, Morton Fullerton, for years assumed destroyed, describe him as the love of her life and 'ideal intellectual partner'.
Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, R.W.B, and Nancy Lewis.
Over 50 photographs.