ONEs New York Celebrities Go, Edith Wharton was pretty much the polymath. A writer, philanthropist, designer, and avid traveler, she came from a family so rich they were the original Joneses – few could match. So don’t read In Morocco, the result of a busy month-long tour at the end of World War I, with the expectation of difficulties to be overcome and challenges to be met. Wealthy and well connected, Wharton drives a military car hosted by French colonial officials and local sultans. Rather, read it as a fascinating snapshot of a country about to open up to “all the banalities and promiscuities of modern travel,” and throw a bonus on the pro-imperialist attitudes a century ago.
Somewhere between a travelogue and