Interesting piece on Edith Wharton. I didn’t know anything about her before reading this. (I see a book in my future!) I really enjoyed her “Ethan Frome” but I haven’t read anything else from her.
Edith Wharton, best known for her novel ‘Ethan Frome’, was one hell of a woman. Born in New York in 1862 to affluent parents, her equally affluent and well-to-do marriage didn’t work out, and she realised there was no hope of salvaging it, she found herself living in France. Then the first world went and broke out, and she stayed to help. Not just in the drawing rooms of the rich, raising funds and holding benefits, although she probably did that too, but she also set up work programs and did hands-on humanitarian work, at one point, taking charge of 600 children who had to flee their orphanage due to the German advance. I break into a cold sweat if I have to marshal and keep alive one child that’s not my own, let alone 600.
In 1916, Edith took six weeks off, and went to the Fountainbleu to work…
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