Many of you know her as a Pulitzer Prize–winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer, but Edith Wharton was also a garden designer, interior designer, and tastemaker - her skills evident in many of the beautiful properties she owned here and abroad. Born January 24, 1862, the books of Edith Wharton are celebrated on a daily basis in classrooms worldwide, and as resources for professionals at the top of their class. Shortly after marrying Edward Wharton in 1885, the couple purchased a property in Lenox, Massachusetts, called The Mount. Edith worked with Francis V. L. Hoppin, but the design was truly hers. From the interiors to the landscape the two were able to execute her vision and incorporate her style. A lifetime of traveling Europe heavily influenced the creation of the gardens at The Mount, which is maintained today by the Edith Wharton Foundation and open to the public. In 1911, Edith purchased the Pavillon Colombe in St.-Brice-sous-Forêt, in a suburb of Paris where she stayed during the winter and spring. Later, she purchased a villa in the hills above Hyères, in Provence, and called it "Sainte-Claire du Château." The property contains ruins of the old city walls and a beautiful garden. A plaque on rue de Varenne in Paris dedicated to the American writer reads: “My years of Paris life were spent entirely in the rue de Varenne – rich years, crowded and happy years.” – Edith Wharton Edith Wharton was an accomplished designer, but her true legacy was a literary one – here is a list of her Novels, short stories, and collections of poems.
Happy Birthday Edith, and Charlotte too!
Xingu January 24, 11:00 AM
The Drawing Room at The Mount
The Mount is partnering with Shakespeare & Company to bring you a special reading of Edith Wharton's Xingu! The cast, packed full of local talent, has been confirmed. If you're unable to join us for Xingu, or are just looking for more literary fun, don't miss a special staged reading of a play based on Wharton's life on Sunday, January 25!
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