Wharton mss., 1836-1975 (Bulk
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Wharton mss., 1836-1975 (Bulk
Materials are in English
Consists of the correspondence, diaries,
and writings of novelist Edith Newbold Jones Wharton, 1862-1937.
This collection is open for research.
Edith Newbold Jones Wharton, 1862-1937, was a novelist. All of this material was
consulted and used by R.W.B. Lewis in his volume
Wharton: A Biography
(New York: Harper & Row, 1975) and is described
and cited there as the William Royall Tyler Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington,
The collection is organized into family-related items, correspondence, writings, and
files relating to Edith Wharton's death and estate.
Scope and Content Note
The earliest items in the collection are family related: a commonplace book of
Lucretia Rhinelander (Wharton's mother) and an 1847 journal of her father's, George
Frederic Jones. The correspondence begins in 1901 and includes letters from Bernar d
Berenson, Mary (Smith) Berenson, Paul Bourget, Louis Bromfield, Sir Kenneth Clark,
Royal Cortissoz, Beatrix Farrand, William Alexander Gerhardie, Louis Gillet, Abbé
Arthur Mugnier, Violet Paget, Edward Brewster Sheldon, Logan Pearsall Smith, Elis
ina Tyler, Royall Tyler, and William Royal Tyler, as well as nearly 400 letters from
Edith Wharton to the Tyler family. Her own diaries cover primarily 1920-1937, but
also present is the so-called "love diary" (A Life Apart) of 1907-08. Writings
present include typescripts of her full-length works,
A Backward Glance, and
as well as many poems both published and unpublished, and a file
of about two hundred photographs of Wharton and friends, of Pavillon Colombe, of
Saint Claire Château, and of her other residences (The Mount, Pencraig and 58 rue de
Varenne) complete this portion of the collection.
The remaining portion of the collection consists of files relating to Edith Wharton's
death and her estate, as well as correspondence and other materials gathered by the
executor of her French will, Elisina Tyler, for a planned biography of Wharto n. The
biography was never completed and following Elisina's death in 1959, her son,
William Royall Tyler, took over as executor of the Wharton estate. His
correspondence as well as some additional materials relating to his own
reminiscences of Mrs. Wh arton, complete the entire collection. Among the
correspondents in this Wharton / Tyler portion of the collection are William Morton
Fullerton, William Alexander Gerhardie, Frederic Rhinelander King, John Hugh Smith,
Elisina Tyler, William Royall Tyler, Emelyn Webster Washburn, and Armitage Watkins.
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 --Correspondence.
Tyler, William Royall, 1910-
Tyler, Elisina, 1875-1959.
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959.
Berenson, Mary, 1864-1945
Bourget, Paul, 1852-1935.
Bromfield, Louis, 1896-1956.
Clark, Kenneth, 1903-1983
Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948.
Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959.
Gerhardie, William Alexander, 1895-1977
Gillet, Louis, 1876-1943.
Mugnier, abbé (Arthur), 1853-1944.
Lee, Vernon, 1856-1935.
Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946.
Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946.
Fullerton, William Morton, b. 1865.
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however,
patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in
advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly
[Item], Wharton mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processed by Lilly Staff.
Letters to Edith Wharton
Bernard Berenson, 1928-1936
William Gerhardie, 1922-1931
Letters to EW, 1900-1937
Letters from EW, 1917-1937
Letters from EW to the Tyler family
Royall Tyler, 1918-1935
William Royall Tyler, 1923-1937
Diaries, not EW
Lucretia Rhinelander, 1836-1840
George Frederic Jones, Apr. 7, 1847-June 1, 1848
Writings by EW: A-Bt
Age of Innocence T.D.
A Backward Glance T.D.
Beaumetz, February 23rd 1915 T.D.
The Bitter End A.D., incomplete
Writings by EW: Bu-F
The Buccaneers T.D.
Derivation of the word cant A.D. and T.D.
Easter A.D. and T.D.
Fast and Loose. A Novelette by David Olivieri. photocopy of ms.; T.D.
Fast and Loose [imaginary reviews] A.D. and T.D.
Freeman is "perfectly lovely" or "quite too lovely"... [1st line] T.D.
Writings by EW: G-Z
The Gods Arrive. bound typescript
In this world.... typescript
Literary Tendencies. holograph in notebook with autobiographical fragments
Memories (summary). typescript
Misc. & fragments. holograph
The Mummy Room. incomplete holograph and typescript
My Books - Literary Essays. holograph and typescript
Notebook 1, April 1914. holograph
Notebook 2: [poems] holograph
The new Litany
Song (Let us be lovers...)
Song (Mirth of life's blooming-time...)
A Patient Soul
The Sonnet's Boundaries
The So-Called Venus of Milo
Lucrezia Buonvisi's Lover (Dying at Vareggion) (?)
The Masque of Life
The Old Odysseus
Mindest Thou no more?
The Duchess of Palliano
The Dead Wife
October in Newport
In the Forest
The Tomb of Ilaria Giunigi
Latomia dei Cappucini
The Leper's Funeral and Death (In mediaeval England)
Browsing in the Abbey
From "The New and the Old"
Lucrezia Buonvisi Remembers
An Autumn Day
Lines for "Boulterby Ridge"
The 'Beata Beatrix' of Rossetti
Hymn to Colom
Ogrin the Hermit. olograph and typescript
A Princess of the House of Este. holograph
The so-called Venus of Milo. holograph
With the Tide. holograph
Printed [poems - 2 items]
Drawing of EW, 1876
Photographs of EW
Photographs of others
Photographs used in Lewis biography
Proofs from Lewis biography
Photographs of Pavilion Colombe
Photographs of The Mount, Pencraig and 58 rue de
Photographs of Ste. Claire
Photographs of miscellaneous
Identity and travel papers, 1914-1937
[inventory of Walter Berry's library]
"Mademoiselle Colombe l'..." A.D. 11p. In French.
on verso" History of Pavillon Colombe & des soeurs
Notes, fragments, lists, etc. [some are in Wharton's hand]
[Proust,] Marcel. "Response a une question: Léon Radziwill" T(carbon) D.
Rhinelander: "Our debt to Britain." 1918, printed [a memorial service address]
Printed articles, etc., by or relating to EW
clippings: by or about EW [see also folio]
Elisina Tyler files
Tyler, E. correspondence, 1919-1954
typed transcripts of Wharton's letters to Edward Sheldon
miscellaneous re: Wharton estate, 1937
miscellaneous notes, extracts, etc. re: Wharton
Elisina Tyler files (cont.)
1919 "Outline for proposed interview with Mrs. Royall Tyler" T.(carbon)D.
Edith Wharton, by R.M. Lovett [photocopy]
1937, June 11-Aug. 7. [E. Tyler account of EW's last illness and death] T.D. 34p. heavily annotated in ink; T(carbon)
1937 EW obituaries - clippings
1939, June. E. Tyler: "Statement concerning...Mrs. Wharton's last illness and of the execution of her last will and testament."
T.D. 19p. with handwritten changes and corrections; T(carbon).
 Wilson, Edmund "Edith Wharton: A Memoir by an English Friend.: T.D., 5p.; T(carbon)
William Royall Tyler files
Tyler, W.R. correspondence, 1947-1975
correspondence with and about William Gerhardie, 1971-1974
"Transcripts of tapes recorded...summer 1972 by W.R.T. from E.R.T. correspondence and documents, mostly concerning E.W." T.D.
[extracts from various E.W. or E.T. letters, etc.]