The Mount | Edith Wharton's Home http://www.edithwharton.org The Mount is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA - the Berkshires. Wed, 25 May 2016 19:02:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Today’s Writers are Finding Inspiration In Edith Wharton http://www.edithwharton.org/press/todays-writers-finding-inspiration-edith-wharton/ Mon, 16 May 2016 19:19:05 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11206 Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5. (Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are […]

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Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5.

(Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are informed and inspired by Wharton’s 1905 novel, The House of Mirth. This program will take place on the Terrace at The Mount; tickets are $8 for Mount Members, $10 general, and are available at Edithwharton.org.

McManus and Clifford’s books are the most recent in a series of novels by young writers who have found inspiration in Wharton’s brilliant use of language. In March of 2016, The Mount hosted Yvonne Puig as a writer-in-residence. Puig’s upcoming A Wife of Noble Character is yet another adaptation Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Critique of the upper class is a common thread amongst these authors. “When working on The Unfortunates, Wharton’s ability to write about the poison of privilege, and show how it ripples outward and affects us all- that really struck me,” notes Sophie McManus.

“(Wharton) was also bold, and way ahead of her time, in writing about driven and ambitious women,” explains Stephanie Clifford. “Edith Wharton has been such an inspiration to me—I don’t think my book, or my career as a novelist, would exist without her.”

The House of Mirth is enduring, as both a tragic love story and a satire of the fashionably wealthy, “said Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount.  “I am thrilled to see contemporary authors updating Wharton’s story. Regardless of the number of retellings, Wharton’s work remains fresh and poignant every time.”

Sophie McManus is the author of The Unfortunates, which was a finalist for the 2015 Discover Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and named a notable book by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Paste, and Time Out (New York) among others. Her work has appeared in American Short FictionO MagazineTin House, and elsewhere. She teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning journalist. As a New York Times reporter, Clifford covered courts, business and media. Everybody Rise, her first book, is a New York Times bestseller, with movie rights optioned by Fox 2000. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, she grew up in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn.

Event Details:

Inspired by Edith: A Discussion with Authors Stephanie Clifford and Sophie McManus

Sunday, June 5th, 4:00 PM

The Mount, Terrace

$8.00 for Mount Members, $10.00 for nonmembers

Visit edithwharton.org to purchase or call 413-551-5100 for more information.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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Antiques Magazine May/June 2016 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/antiques-magazine/ Fri, 13 May 2016 15:24:51 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11181 Antiques Magazine May/June 2016 “The Mount moves on”

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“The Mount moves on”

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Getting Ready for the 2016 Season http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/getting-ready-2016-season/ Tue, 03 May 2016 21:02:08 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10859 We are excited to launch our 2016 season! Daily tours of the house and gardens start May 14 and Ghost tours start in June. Wharton on Wednesdays, the Monday Lecture Series, Touchstones, and Music After Hours will all be back starting in July.

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We are excited to launch our 2016 season! Daily tours of the house and gardens start May 14 and Ghost tours start in June. Wharton on Wednesdays, the Monday Lecture Series, Touchstones, and Music After Hours will all be back starting in July. We have lots of new programs too, including a live taping of Slate’s Cultural Gabfest podcast on August 4th.

We are also welcoming back both SculptureNow and Shakespeare & Company. SculptureNow’s ReMix will open on June 1 with an opening reception on June 12. S&Co. will be performing Twelfth Night al fresco starting mid-July.

There are lots of exciting things happening on the grounds too! The Stable is receiving a much needed facelift, and the trim of the Main House is being repainted.

Be sure to check out our calendar of events to stay up to date on all The Mount has to offer this season.

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Celebrate the Release of “Spinster” in Paperback! http://www.edithwharton.org/news/celebrate-release-spinster-paperback/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:56:49 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10663 The following post was contributed by Kate Bolick, friend of The Mount and host of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. Dear You and Yours, To celebrate the paperback release of Spinster later this month, there will be three completely different events — an on-stage literary conversation, a night of Progressive Era theatricality, and an afternoon […]

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Kate Bolick during Touchstones at The Mount.
Kate Bolick during Touchstones at The Mount.

The following post was contributed by Kate Bolick, friend of The Mount and host of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount.

Dear You and Yours,

To celebrate the paperback release of Spinster later this month, there will be three completely different events — an on-stage literary conversation, a night of Progressive Era theatricality, and an afternoon reading. You are cordially invited to one and all.

Monday, April 25
Meghan Daum & I talk Spinster
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, April 28
Spinsters on Stage
Staged readings of three one-act plays about singledom/marriage/love, written by Neith Boyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, read aloud (as in, these are writers, people, not professional actors) by Alex Gallafent, Alexandra Jacobs, Glenn Kenny, Troy Patterson, Sadie Stein, and Seth Colter Walls, and directed by Nikole Beckwith.
Bank Street Theater
155 Bank Street
New York, NY
8:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, April 30
Reading & Book Signing
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, MA
1:00pm-2:00pm

Yours truly,
Kate

Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a freelance writer for The New York Times, Slate, and Vogue, among other publications. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino and a columnist for The Boston Globe. She has appeared on NBC’s Today show, CNN, MSNBC, and numerous NPR programs across the country. A recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she holds a master’s in cultural criticism from New York University, where she also taught writing.

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Home Page – Today Info http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/today-info/home-page-today-info/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:03:11 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10095 TODAY: Welcome! We are open today from 10am until 5pm House Tours at 11:00, 12:00 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00  Garden Tour at 2:00 Plan your visit     Calendar of Events

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TODAY:
Welcome!
We are open today from 10am until 5pm
House Tours at 11:00, 12:00 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00  Garden Tour at 2:00

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PS Magazine 03-25-16 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/ps-magazine-03-25-16/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:43:04 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10853 PS Magazine March 25, 2016 “Great Historic Homes of America”

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March 25, 2016

“Great Historic Homes of America”

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Historic Items Needed for New Exhibit http://www.edithwharton.org/news/historic-items-needed/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:29:25 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10005 The Mount’s exhibits team is excited to announce an entirely new exhibit on life in Lenox, coming in 2017 in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town! In the meantime, we’re looking for historic items, ranging from 1890-1915, to make this exhibit come to life. We’re currently searching for: *Sporting items & leisure items […]

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The Mount’s exhibits team is excited to announce an entirely new exhibit on life in Lenox, coming in 2017 in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town! In the meantime, we’re looking for historic items, ranging from 1890-1915, to make this exhibit come to life.

We’re currently searching for:

*Sporting items & leisure items including:

     -Cricket

     -Baseball

     -Equestrian

     -Croquet

     -Winter Sports

*Gardening tools and catalogues

*Automobile-related items (goggles, etc.)

*Dog-related items (collars, etc.)

*Bedroom items, including:

     -Writing board

     -Telephone, circa 1905

If you have any of the above items that you would like to donate to The Mount for exhibits, please e-mail info@edithwharton.org. Recent exhibits, including the kitchen (2014) and the sewing room (2015), have been furnished and stocked largely due to the generosity of Mount friends and supporters.

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Berkshire Eagle 03-11-16 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/berkshire-eagle-03-11-16/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:42:50 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=9985 The Berkshire Eagle March 11, 2016                          “Three writers find inspiration at Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox”

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March 11, 2016

                         “Three writers find inspiration at Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox”

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Remembering Michelle http://www.edithwharton.org/news/remembering-michelle/ Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=9849 The following blog post was contributed by Peter Filkins.  Peter and Michelle collaborated on The Mount’s Poets on Poets series for many years. There are people we come across in life who we think will always be there. With her warm big smile, her steadfast presence at events and readings, her bi-weekly columns, and most […]

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The following blog post was contributed by Peter Filkins.  Peter and Michelle collaborated on The Mount’s Poets on Poets series for many years.

Michelle by Sarah Edwards
Michelle Gillett at The Mount. Photo by Sarah Edwards

There are people we come across in life who we think will always be there. With her warm big smile, her steadfast presence at events and readings, her bi-weekly columns, and most of all her fine poems and deep love of poetry, Michelle Gillett was one of those people. It is a cliché to say that someone has touched many lives, but Michelle indeed did so, and always in a classy, quiet, and genuine manner. She was a person who not only cared about others, but wanted the very best to come forth and shine within them, and without a thought that something was owed her in return. Having had the genuine pleasure of working with Michelle in planning numerous readings at The Mount over the years, I find it hard to think of her as gone, for her wealth of knowledge and compassion and sheer good sense was always on tap, always at the ready, always knowing and wise and selfless in its application.

As we all know, Michelle cared deeply about the lives of women and young girls, and so many of her columns took on the overt and unspoken ways that women are too often controlled, neglected, or compromised by the powers that be. And yet what she posed against such forces was an indomitable mixture of decency, intelligence, good humor, and imagination that not only helped people understand what was at stake in any given issue, but also how to find the strength and courage within themselves to engage with it on their own. In this way she was not one to thump the podium, but instead had the great gift to make manifest a cause or idea or argument in the minds and hearts of others, and thereby trust them to navigate their own way through the same.

Michelle will be much missed at The Mount, for in many ways she was the embodiment of Edith Wharton’s passionate engagement with the intricacies and foibles of the human heart, whether amid the pomp and corruption of the Gilded Age or the grim enclosure of a New England winter. And like Wharton, Michelle always found a way through, quietly navigating whatever fraught human terrain she traversed by steadily and positively moving forward, greeting each day with her own unique brand of sureness and generosity. Few of us will ever meet as fine a writer and person; all of us could do worse than to aspire to the example that she so gracefully provided us for so many years.

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Michelle Gillett reading her poetry at WordFest. Photo by Eric Korenman

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Names The Mount a Top Win http://www.edithwharton.org/press/national-trust-for-historic-preservation-names-the-mount-a-top-win/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:14:18 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=9884 Lenox, MA— The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently recognized the efforts of the Mount to overcome past financial struggles by naming it one of its top 10 Wins and Losses List for 2015. For the fourth year in a row, the NTHP list compiles 10 historic sites that were either destroyed or saved. […]

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Lenox, MA— The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently recognized the efforts of the Mount to overcome past financial struggles by naming it one of its top 10 Wins and Losses List for 2015. For the fourth year in a row, the NTHP list compiles 10 historic sites that were either destroyed or saved. This past September, the Mount announced that it had made its final payment to creditors. The property, a National Historic Landmark designed and built by Edith Wharton, was threatened with foreclosure in 2008.

“This year demonstrated once again what remarkable things are possible when people come together with a plan for action and a determination to save places that matter to them,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust recently interviewed the Mount’s longtime executive director Susan Wissler for their Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. The Q&A, conducted by Katherine Malone-France, vice president for historic sites at the National Trust, focuses on the lessons learned from the institution’s financial struggles, what’s next for the Mount and how the continuing relevance of Wharton’s writing influences the Mount today.

“We’ve been inspired as we’ve watched the Mount work to solve its financial problems while also developing new programming and partnerships that have yielded significant increases in visitation and brought a new vibrancy and comprehensive sustainability to the site. In fact, if the Mount is representative of the challenges faced by historic sites and house museums around the country, it is also depictive of the resiliency of these institutions and their potential to reimagine and reinvigorate themselves,” says Malone France.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the National Trust for our preservation work,” says Wissler. “We have worked hard to find a sustainable model for the Mount and it is very rewarding to be able to share our experiences with others institutions facing similar issues.”

The complete interview can be viewed online at: http://blog.preservationleadershipforum.org/

For reprint permission and high-resolution photos, please contact Rebecka McDougall at rmcdougall@edithwharton.org.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, the Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint outdoor exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series.

In recent years, the Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires, regularly hosting esteemed writers—including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists—for readings and discussions. Writers who have appeared recently include David McCullough, Claire Messud, Mark Strand, Sharon Olds, Andre Dubus III, Richard Russo, and Susan Orlean.

For more information, visit EdithWharton.org.

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