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Edith Newbold Jones Wharton


(1862 - 1937)

Edith Newbold Jones Wharton

Born in New York City to wealthy parents, Edith spent much of her youth in Europe. Forbidden to read novels until she was married, she made up for lost time by writing fifteen novels, seven novellas and eighty-five short stories, as well as much nonfiction including Italian Villas and their Gardens, which was an essay in landscape architecture.


Italian Villas and their Gardens (1904)

In this work by the famous American novelist she shows her readers how the emphasis on marble, water and perennial verdure makes up for the relative lack of flowers in the Italian garden. Read online at

Author(s): Edith Newbold Jones Wharton
Illustrator(s): Maxfield Parrish

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