The Perfect Gift: A Private Library Tour

Looking for the perfect gift for the person in your life who has everything? Consider giving the one-of-a-kind experience of a private tour of Edith Wharton’s personal library at The Mount. The Mount’s librarian, Nynke Dorhout, will share with guests the remarkable inscriptions and annotations of Wharton’s 2,700 volumes, dating from the 1500’s to the 1930’s, including her own works, historic volumes of fiction, poetry, science and theater, and works of her close friends, such as Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt. This is a unique and memorable gift for a friend, family member, or yourself!

Librarian Nynke Dorhout: “I always look forward to giving a private tour. Every tour is different, very personal, and I often tailor the visit to people’s specific interests. Sometimes guests get emotional, overwhelmed and surprised by the intense presence of Edith Wharton, and that is totally fine. Everyone is touched by the way the library reveals Wharton’s most intimate thoughts and brings her so much closer, whether she was a young girl underlining her favorite German poets or annotating her own Bible; showing her humorous side by sly remarks and poems penciled in the back; or marking her final, most essential thoughts during the last few months of her life. The library is often called her ‘autobiography in books,’ and the books truly make you feel that you get to know and understand Edith Wharton in a way nothing else can, not even her own work. It is truly an unforgettable experience.”

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Photo by David Dashiell.
Photo by David Dashiell.
Edith Wharton in her library at The Mount.
Edith Wharton in her library at The Mount.