Here at Edith Wharton headquarters, the birthday celebrations have officially begun. After all, turning 150 is a pretty big deal, and even though we certainly wish Edith herself could join us (and who knows? with The Mount’s haunted history, maybe she actually will!), we are very excited about the international momentum that’s been building in her honor.
Last week she captured a number of headlines in the London-based Telegraph. After the amazing Anita Brookner piece, Harry Mount in his blog deemed her a brilliant chronicler of sex, love, and class. Then Gillian Reynolds gave readers a heads-up about the Edith Wharton features on BBC’s Radio 4 Extra.
We learned that the February 22 Diane Rehm Show will feature a discussion about Ethan Frome, and in today’s Boston Globe Jan Gardner details just how The Mount is planning to celebrate Wharton’s birthday.
One of our other favorite finds of the week is a blog post by writer Carol Wallace. Recalling her impressions of Wharton’s novella series Old New York, Wallace praises Wharton’s skill in constructing stories that spotlight family, community, and class struggles—certainly relevant themes today.
Please plan to join us this week for the celebrations at the Center for Fiction in New York on Thursday and the “Drinks and Delights” birthday open house at The Mount on Saturday. In the meantime, we invite you to share your birthday ideas, photos, videos, and other tributes on our special Happy Birthday, Edith! Facebook page.