The Novelist Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was born Edith Newbold Jones. The Joneses were a wealthy New York family often associated with the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses."
As part of America's privileged class, Edith Wharton was well-acquainted with many public figures of the day, and counted Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis amongst her friends (Lewis dedicated his novel Babbitt to her).
Wharton was the first woman to with the Pulitzer Prize for literature, taking that honor in 1921 for The Age of Innocence. Her 1911 novel, Ethan Frome, has become a staple of American Literature and is widely studied in classrooms around the world.