Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Saving Edith Wharton's Home is Para-Mount
Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, a National Landmark property open to the public and run by a non-profit group, is in grave danger of foreclosure. The huge mansion, located in the Berkshires town of Lenox, Massachusetts, is where Wharton entertained a steady flow of house guests in between penning The House of Mirth and other novels about the social elites of early 1900s New York.
You can find out more about this literary landmark and how to contribute to the the emergency fundraising effort at The Mount's website.
Here's a link to an interesting article from the New York Times about a literary tourism weekend in the Berkshires, featuring Wharton's home, as well as visits to residences of William Cullen Bryant, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.