“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Edith Wharton

1862 - 1937


14 West 23rd Street Manhattan

Edith Wharton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, January 3, 2004
1. Edith Wharton Marker
Inscription. This was the childhood home of Edith Jones Wharton, one of America's most important authors at a time when 23rd street marked the northern boundary of fashionable New York. Here in her father's extensive library, young Edith Jones discovered the world of literature. Wharton wrote with authority on gardens and design but was most celebrated for her fiction. Her novels and stories and characterized by her intelligence perception and the grand beauty of her prose. She revealed the life of the soul with courage and clarity. Wharton lived in France for the better part of her life but the complex world of New York remained the source of her greatest fiction. This includes the House of Mirth (1905) and The Age of Innocence for which, in 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
Location. 40° 44.494′ N, 73° 59.423′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 23rd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 West 23rd Street, New York NY 10010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fifth Avenue Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Flatiron Building (within shouting distance of this marker); William H. Seward
Edith Jones image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
2. Edith Jones
This 1870 portrait of Edith Jones by Edward Harrison May hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. It was painted in Paris “during an extensive family sojourn in Europe.” She would become Edith Wharton in 1885 when she married Edward Wharton.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eternal Light Flagstaff (about 500 feet away); To Our Heroes (about 500 feet away); General Worth Square (about 600 feet away); Major General William Jenkins Worth (about 600 feet away); Masonic Hall (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .  Edith Wharton - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 108 times this year. Last updated on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 30, 2016.
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