Xingu is a short story by Edith Wharton. Edith Wharton ( born Edith
Newbold Jones; January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was a Pulitzer
Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928
and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's
privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous,
incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological
insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other
literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt. Wharton
was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander
in New York City. She had two brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and
Henry Edward. The saying "Keeping up with the Joneses" is said to
refer to her father's family. She was also related to the
Rensselaer family, the most prestigious of the old patroon
families. She had a lifelong friendship with her Rhinelander niece,
landscape architect Beatrix Farrand of Reef Point in Bar Harbor,
Maine. In 1885, at 23, she married Edward (Teddy) Robbins Wharton,
who was 12 years older. From a well-established Philadelphia
family, he was a sportsman and gentleman of the same social class
and shared her love of travel. From the late 1880s until 1902, he
suffered acute depression, and the couple ceased their extensive
travel. At that time his depression manifested as a more serious
disorder, after which they lived almost exclusively at The Mount,
their estate designed by Edith Wharton. In 1908 her husband's
mental state was determined to be incurable. She divorced him in
1913. Around the same time, Edith was overcome with the harsh
criticisms leveled by the naturalist writers. Later in 1908 she
began an affair with Morton Fullerton, a journalist for The Times,
in whom she found an intellectual partner. In addition to novels,
Wharton wrote at least 85 short stories. She was also a garden
designer, interior designer, and taste-maker of her time. She wrote
several design books, including her first published work, The
Decoration of Houses of 1897, co-authored by Ogden Codman. Another
is the generously illustrated Italian Villas and Their Gardens of
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