Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount

Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount


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Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount by Richard Guy Wilson

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s country place in the Berkshires, is truly an autobiographical house. There Wharton wrote some of her best-known and successful novels, including Ethan Frome and House of Mirth. The house itself, completed in 1902, embodies principles set forth in Wharton's famous book The Decoration of Houses, and the surrounding landscape displays her deep knowledge of Italian gardens. Wandering the grounds of this historic home, one can see the influence of Wharton’s inimitable spirit in its architecture and design, just as one can sense the Mount’s impact on the extraordinary life of Edith Wharton herself.
The Mount sits in the rolling landscape of the Berkshire Hills, with views overlooking Laurel Lake and all the way out to the mountains. At the turn of the century, Lenox and Stockbridge were thriving summer resort communities, home to Vanderbilts, Sloanes, and other prominent families of the Gilded Age. At once a leader and a recorder of this glamorous society, Edith Wharton stands at the pinnacle of turn of the twentieth-century American literature and social history. The Mount was crucial to her success, and the story of her life there is filled with gatherings of literary figures and artists. Edith Wharton at Home presents Wharton’s life at The Mount in vivid detail with authoritative text by Richard Guy Wilson and archival images, as well as new color photography of the restoration of The Mount and its spectacular gardens.

"The Mount was to give me country cares and joys, long happy rides and drives through the wooded lanes of that loveliest region, the companionship of dear friends, and the freedom from trivial obligations, which was necessary if I was to go on with my writing. The Mount was my first real home . . . its blessed influence still lives in me." —Edith Wharton, 1934

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580933285
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Richard Guy Wilson is Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia and a foremost authority on the architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of more than twenty books, most recently The Colonial Revival House and Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House.
Pauline C. Metcalf is a noted architecture and design historian, as well as the chairman of The Mount’s Interior Design Committee. She is the author of Ogden Codman and The Decoration of Houses and Syrie Maugham.

John Arthur is a writer, independent curator, and photographer. Among his publications are Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting & the American Tradition, Richard Estes: Painting and Prints, American Realism & Figurative Painting, Green Woods & Crystal Waters, and Theophilus Brown: Paintings, Drawings, and Collages. He is currently working on a monograph on Bernard Maybeck.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the age where the wealthy were able to create incredible "second" homes. I have visited the home and wanted to find out more in depth info about Edith and the house and grounds. It lives up to all of these things.