Friday 5: Top 5 Edith Wharton Glow Extenders

This week marks the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth. If you don’t want to celebrate with haberdashery romps and Grace Church galas (how could you not, though!?!), here’s another way: honor the New York dame by checking out the fantastic Gotham City women writers who came after her. Here is a starting list of my favorite femmes to extend that Edith Wharton glow:

Top Five Edith Wharton Glow Extenders

1. Dorothy Parker
2. Zora Neale Hurston
3. Anita Loos
4. Fran Lebowitz
5. Candace Bushnell

Granted, this is a hodgepodge of a list – kind of like the New Money, Old Money mash-ups Wharton wrote about. Can you think of more local lady scribes you’d toss in the mix? Add them in the comments below and let us know what you think.


  1. virginia vitzthum says

    Dawn Powell. Jennifer Egan. Sapphire.

  2. Nancy Weber says

    Betty Smith. Invented Brooklyn as best-seller. Love her.