On this day, January 24th, 1862, writer Edith Wharton is born in New York City. Born Edith Newbold Jones, she was a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, short story writer as well as a gardener and internior designer. Born into a well to do family, it is said that the saying, “keeping up with the joneses” refers to her father’s family. Much of Wharton’s writing focuses on social issues and in 1905 she wrote, The House of Mirth about old New Yorksociety. Another well known work of hers is The Age of Innocence which she had written in France. The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, making Wharton the first woman to win the award.