December 1907: Edith Wharton arrives in Paris

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1907 - Edith Wharton, 45 and author of the recently published The House of Mirth moves to 58, rue de Varenne in Paris with her husband Teddy.

Childless and trapped in a unsatisfying marriage, she is introduced to journalist William Fullerton by her friend Henry James : a passionate love affair will ensue.
Unprincipled, frivolous, William is the total opposite of the quiet Edith. He helps her publish the french translation of The House of Mirth.

1908 – She writes the short story The Pretext, which will eerily map out her affair with William.

1910 – She moves to 53, rue de Varenne. Her affair with Fullerton ends, and she is now more distant from Teddy than ever.
She publishes Tales of Ghosts and Men.

1911 – She releases a new novel, Ethan Frome.

1913 – She finally divorces from her husband.

1916 – She receives the french Legion d’Honneur.

1920 – Edith Wharton becomes a trustee of the newly-created American Library in Paris.
After trying her hand at supernatural fiction, she publishes The Age of Innocence.

1921 – She is the first woman to receive a Pulitzer prize for The Age of Innocence.

movie_icon&16Martin Scorsese directed an adaptation of The Age of Innocence in 1993, co-written by Jay Cocks and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder.

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