The best seller who hated best sellers
What Edith Wharton’s library tells us about her reading habits. Why did the first female novelist to win the Pulitzer Prize end up mocking the award years later? In this intriguing profile of Edith Wharton, Sheila Liming reflects on why the author was distrusting and disdainful of the accolades afforded to writers and why she didn’t read the bestsellers of her day.
From Lapham's Quarterly