Edith Wharton"Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious nearby freedom of death."

Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)

If you've never read her work, happy endings were not her style. House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome -- the only ones I've read -- are beautifully written and tragic to the point of cruelty (for the protagonist and the reader).

Even so, I can recommend her more readily than say, Thomas Hardy. (Jude the Obscure nearly killed me.)