Edith Wharton (Jan 24, 1862 – Aug 11, 1937) was an American novelist and short story writer, her most known works are The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature on multiple occasions. Wharton first attempted to write at the age of six. Major themes of her works came from her family relationship. The House of Mirth is a novel by Edith Wharton. The narrative revolves around Lily Bart, a young woman in love. She caught between her feelings for Lawrence Selden and need to marry someone wealthy to maintain her reputation in high society. But her status begins to crack when she accepts large sum of money that caused unpleasant rumors to spread. Will Lily find her way through all the obstacles set by her society and herself? Read and find out!