Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt. 'The House Of The Dead Hand' is a short ghost story by Edith Wharton that was initially published in 1904. The action takes place in Italy and it tells us about man looking for the old house where a rare painting by Da Vinci hangs.