Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American novelist and a short story writer. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (in 1921, for The Age of Innocence). She was also one of the few foreigners allowed to travel to the front lines in France during the First World War. Her articles written about this period were collected in Fighting France. Throughout the war Wharton worked with refugees and in 1916 she was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in recognition of her support for the displaced.