We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
American novelist, short-story writer and Pulitzer Prize winner
1862 – 1937
Born Edith Newbold Jones, Edith Wharton was an American novelist and short-story writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence (1920). She grew up as a member of a distinguished New York family and married a wealthy banker, Edward Wharton, in 1885. Wharton began writing a few years after her marriage, exploring the bitter realities of New York society in novels such as The House of Mirth (1905). She is perhaps best known for Ethan Frome (1911), a novella set in rural New England.
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …