Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony
From filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard comes a definitive look at one of the greatest visionaries of the Gilded Age -- a literary genius, cosmopolitan and activist, whose vivid portrayal of society still resonates today: Edith Wharton. A born storyteller whose career stretched over forty years, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale and to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Best known for writing such iconic novels as The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome and The Custom of the Country, she was also a talented designer, a tireless traveller and a passionate philanthropist. From the beaches of Newport to the front lines of WWI France and beyond, Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony takes a sweeping look at the life and legacy of the literary master. Featuring interviews with distinguished biographers Louis Auchincloss, R.W.B. Lewis and Eleanor Dwight, as well as writer Colin Clark and historian Sir Steven Runciman, this documentary portrait also includes the only known film footage of Wharton in existence.
Starring Louis Auchincloss, Edith Wharton
Director Elizabeth Lennard