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Old Hollywood: From Page to Screen: Wharton’s World

Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (1862 – 1937) was born in New York City to a wealthy and socially prominent American family.  Her mother Lucretia Rhinelander was the great-granddaughter of the heroic Revolutionary War General Ebenezer Stevens and her father’s cousin was Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, who was simply knows as THE Mrs. Astor and whose son John Jacob Astor IV perished on the Titanic (1912).

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