5(0) Shades of Edith Aileen Wharton #MondayMusings

Today the AIP #MondayMusings series takes us back to March 2015. One of the most enjoyable posts written to date. Born in 1903, was she a liar? a rogue? nasty? a witch? surely not? So much was discovered, sending ripples through the AIP. As if this post wasn’t enough, the story of Edith continues to evolve in spectacular ways.

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DAY 1 IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY HAD REVEALED A MOUNTAIN OF INFORMATION, AND MANY INTERESTING LEADS.

One of the most interesting was Edith Aileen Wharton. Growing up I didn’t associate her with the name ‘Edith’. More so, I remember hearing of her as ‘Nana’ from my aunties, uncles and my mam (Edith was my Great Nana). When I sit now, in 2015, and think of what image I have of Edith, it is mostly negative. ‘She lied about her age’, ‘she married a rogue’, ‘she was nasty’, ‘she chanted at us’, and ‘she was a witch’. That last comment may seem harsh, however, my visual memory of Edith is a picture that would hang on the wall at home. She stared at us kids, whom she had never met, as if she was judging our every move with apparent disgust. There was an eeriness to this picture which (no pun intended) still gives me a shiver down my spine…

To see the picture and read more see the original post at: 5(0) Shades of Edith Aileen Wharton


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