The Portrait Gallery: Edith Wharton

Each week, Christine Larsen creates a new portrait of an author for us. Have any favorites you’d love to see immortalized? Let us know, or see if you can find them in the archives.

Happy 158th anniversary of your birth, tomorrow, Edith Wharton! So many books to discover in her library, if you've never read them. Here are a couple good quotes: “She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.” — from The House of Mirth, and this particularly pithy refrain from War & Travel: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it."