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The Fruit of the Tree


The Fruit of the Tree


Edith Wharton was a keen observer of society and a chronicler of her times. There's an elegance and clarity to her writing that makes her stories thoughtful, biting, witty, (and yes) beautifully sad.

Considered by many to be one of her finest works, Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree is a caustic examination of issues such as the problem of euthanasia, industrial reform, and the role of women in American society.

Praised by critics for its realism and candor, The Fruit of the Tree was one of Wharton's personal favorites, and remains as relevant today as when it was first published.

EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937), one of the greatest American authors, transformed the art of fiction. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of numerous novels and short stories, including The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, and The Descent of Man, she is considered to be a literary colossus, and a central figure in the development of the modern novel.

 "Perhaps, the greatest female novelist that America has yet produced."

—Cynthia Griffin Wolff



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