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Discover the World of Edith Wharton

OutreachPrograms2011

“I am an incorrigible life-lover & life-wonderer & adventurer.”

EdithWharton,1936,atage74


Stepbackintimetoexplorethelife,works,andpassionsof

EdithWharton(18621937),oneofAmerica’sgreatestwriters.Authorof

TheAgeofInnocence,EthanFrome,andTheHouseofMirth,shewroteover

40booksin40years,includingauthoritativeworksonarchitecture,gardens,

interiordesign,andtravel.Whartonwasthefirstwomanawardedthe

PulitzerPrizeforFictionandanhonoraryDoctoratefromYaleUniversity.


Today,herlegacylivesonatTheMount,theelegant1902estateandgardens

shedesignedandbuiltintheBerkshireHillsofWesternMassachusetts.

OpentothepubliceachyearfromMaythroughOctober,TheMountwelcomes

over30,000visitorsannually.Now,forthefirsttime,thematicoutreachprograms

inspiredbyEdithWhartonareavailableforgroups.


Let us bring the fascinating world of Edith Wharton to you!


THE MOUNT

Discover the World of Edith Wharton

OutreachPrograms2011

Eachsixtyminutediscussionbasedpresentationisaccompaniedbyastunningselectionofhistoricaland

contemporaryimages.Ourexperiencedpresenterswillsharetheirextensiveknowledgewithyourgroup

whileengagingtheminlivelydiscussion.SelectedprogramsincludeobjectsfromTheMount’scollections

andaudioandvideoclips.FeesvarydependingonthesizeofyourgroupanddistancefromTheMount.

CustomoutreachprogramsareavailableuponrequestandonsitegrouptoursmaybebookedfromMay

throughOctober.Reservetoday!Onlyalimitednumberofprogramswillbeofferedin2011.

My First Real Home: Edith Wharton & The Mount

Wharton’sfriend,theillustriouswriterHenryJames,oncenoted“Noonefullyknowsour

Edithwhohasn’tseenherintheactofcreatingahabitationforherself.”EdithWharton

poured herself into creating beauty and harmony at The Mount, her summer home in

Lenox,MA.MyFirstRealHometellsthestoryofherlifeatTheMountandthehistoryof

the estate, including its architecture, landscape and interior design, and recent

restoration.

Edith Wharton: A Genius for Gardens

“Decidedly,I’mabetterlandscapegardenerthannovelist,”wroteEdithWhartonabout

her gardens at The Mount. Wharton developed the elegant grounds of herBerkshire

estatewiththesamecaresheappliedtoherwrittenwork.EdithWharton:AGeniusfor

GardensexaminesWharton’slifelongloveofgardening,discussesherfascinationwith

European landscape design, and traces the development of The Mount’s gardens from

theirinceptionthroughtheirrestoration.

Dramatic License: Edith Wharton on Stage and Screen

ThisprogrampresentsWhartonwithatwist,exploringfilm,stage,radio,andevenopera

adaptationsofherworks.DramaticLicensespotlightscelebratedadaptations,including

MartinScorsese’ssublimeTheAgeofInnocence(1993),aswellasstrictlyfilmbuffpicks

such as The Old Maid (1923). A selection of radio and movie clips highlight the

presentation.Enhanceyourprogramfurtherbywatchingoneofthemovieadaptations

beforewevisit.Askusforrecommendations.

Notes from a Passionate Pilgrim: Edith Wharton’s Travel Writing

HenryJamesfondlyreferredtoEdithWhartonasa“passionatepilgrim.”Thispresentation

follows Wharton’s energetic footsteps on her most profound journeys, including a

lifealtering Mediterranean cruise and her trek through exotic Morocco. In 2007, The

Mount sponsored tours retracingthese trips; this program features both historic and

strikinglybeautifulcontemporaryphotosoftheplacesWhartonvisited.


Formoreinformation,ortobookyourprogram,contactRyanMcLaughlin

atRMclaughlin@EdithWharton.orgorcall4135515118.

THE MOUNT .2PlunkettStreet,Lenox,MA,01240.EdithWharton.org

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