|From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Age of Innocence" and "The House of Mirth" come four masterful short novels of 19th-century New York that reveal, with subtle irony, the customs, and tribal codes that ruled Society. Novellas include "False Dawn, The Old Maid, The Spark, " and "New Year's Day." Includes a new Introduction and critical essays.|
Born to a wealthy New York family, Edith Wharton, who eventually wrote over 50 works, spent much of her childhood in Europe developing an appreciation for the arts. In 1885 she married a wealthy banker, Edward Robbins Wharton, and turned to writing--books on decorating, then novels. In 1906, Wharton moved to Paris where she was engaged in a passionate affair with Morton Fullerton. In 1913 she divorced her husband. By this time, Wharton had achieved fame and began spending time among a society of writers and intellectuals that included Henry James. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, just one of her many classic works, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920. In addition to her novels, Wharton produced poetry, travel books, and literary criticism.