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Detail of the tilework and one of the seven doors to Dar el-Makhzen.

During World War I, Edith Wharton Visited the Desert and Harems of Morocco, Leading to an Unforgettable Book

Taking a break from the Great War, the intrepid writer finds inspiration in the Maghreb.

By Meredith Hindley

Volume 39, Issue 3

Andrea Heiss's illustration places Edith Wharton amidst the ornate architecture of French Morocco. Read Meredith Hindley's article about the writer's intrepid tour through deserts, palaces, and harems.

—Andrea Heiss