The Mount Book Club

January 13, 2022

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us online for lively discussions of Edith Wharton’s acclaimed works. This year we have selected The ReefThe Glimpses of the Moon, and The Gods Arrive. Pre-registration is limited and required. Please register for each date you wish to attend.

Books can be found for free, online viewing at Project Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg Australia, or purchased online at our affiliate Bookshop.org site.

Book Club Schedule:

January 13. 4 p.m. – The Reef (1912)

Written during a period of great emotional turmoil for Edith Wharton, as both her marriage to Teddy Wharton and her affair with Morton Fullerton were disintegrating, this story revolves around American Charles Darrow, his old love Anna Leath, and his recent mistress Sophy Viner.  Wharton biographer Hermione Lee calls this her most explicit work on “the humiliating bondage of desire.”

February 17, 4 p.m. – The Glimpses of the Moon (1922)

Wharton’s 1922 best seller relates the adventures of a seemingly sophisticated American couple, whose marriage doesn’t prevent them from pursuing romantic liaisons with others all across Europe. A quintessential Jazz Age tale, this year marks the 100th anniversary of its publication.

March 17, 4 p.m. – The Gods Arrive (1932)

This late novel is a sequel to Hudson River Bracketed (1929), one of last year’s Book Club selections. The story follows writer Vance Weston past the initial exhilaration of artistic success, and into the hard work of balancing the inner life of an artist with the realities of the outer world. The philosophical explorations of artistic identity in this novel may reflect Wharton’s own concerns as she neared the end of her life.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, info@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

This program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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