Her novels and short stories realistically portrayed the lives and morals of the late nineteenth century, an era of decline and faded wealth.

She won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921, and was the first woman to receive this honor.

Edith wanted more education than she received, so she read from her father's library and from the libraries of her father's friends.

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She rejected the standards of fashion and etiquette that were expected of young girls at the time, which were intended to allow women to marry well and to be put on display at balls and parties.

She considered these fashions superficial and oppressive.

During her travels, the young Edith became fluent in French, German, and Italian.

At the age of ten, she suffered from typhoid fever while the family was at a spa in the Black Forest.

She would eventually cross the Atlantic sixty times.

In Europe, her primary destinations were Italy, France and England. She wrote many books about her travels, including Italian Backgrounds and A Motor-Flight through France.

At that time his depression manifested as a more serious disorder, after which they lived almost exclusively at their estate The Mount.

In 1908 her husband's mental state was determined to be incurable.

Consequently, the poem was published under the name of a friend's father, E. Washburn, a cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson who supported women's education.

He played a pivotal role in Edith's efforts to educate herself and encouraged her ambition to write professionally.

She was also related to the Rensselaers, the most prestigious of the old patroon families, who had received land grants from the former Dutch government of New York and New Jersey.