Bookstore picks for the holidays

Are you frantically (or even not so frantically) searching for holiday gifts? Here are a few ideas from Elizabeth Stone, The Mount’s bookstore manager, who is always prepared to offer stellar  recommendations. To order any of the following as gifts or for your own collection, please email The Mount Bookstore at, or call Elizabeth at 413.551.5118.

Prices do not include shipping charges, the options for which Elizabeth will be happy to review with you.

New in 2012:

Edith Wharton at Home presents Wharton’s life at The Mount in vivid detail with authoritative text by Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia and a foremost authority on the architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and archival images, as well as new color photography of the restoration of The Mount and its spectacular gardens.
$45.00 hardcover

An exciting archive came to auction in 2009: the papers and personal effects of Anna Catherine Bahlmann, who would become Edith Wharton’s literary secretary and confidante. Among the collection were one hundred thirty-five letters from her most famous pupil. This correspondence reveals Wharton’s maturing sensibility and vocation, and includes details of her life that will challenge long-held assumptions about her formative years. Wharton scholar Irene Goldman-Price provides a rich introduction to My Dear Governess that restores Bahlmann to her central place in Wharton’s life.
$30.00 hardcover

For the bibliophile:


Journal in which readers can list, describe, and explain all read books. Most pages include spaces to record and rate the books you read. Also included are spreads to fill in fun information such as “Reading Trees” to track how reading one book influences you to read another, literary face-offs, and a favorite quotes page.
$12.99 hardcover, 160 pages

Your personal library of books will always find their way back to you with these unique bookplates. Printed by hand on a vintage letterpress on 2.5″x3.5″ paper, gummed on the reverse side for easy attachment to books. A great gift for book lovers!
$8.95, set of 20 letterpress bookplates

For the Wharton admirer:


Nearing the centennial of its publication, The Custom of the Country is regarded by many critics as one of Wharton’s best works. This novel tells the tale of the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg of Apex City, Kansas, who ventures forth to seek her fortune in New York City and beyond.
$13.00 paperback edition

Martin Scorsese’s opulent and elegant film adaptaion of Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in 1870s New York. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Rider. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE is a spellbinding portrait of hidden romance and regret.
$19.95 DVD

Make a day of it with a private tour of Wharton’s personal library:


Come to The Mount for a private tour of Edith Wharton’s personal 2,700-volume library! Replete with personal notes, inscriptions, and markings into the acclaimed author’s own hand, these books provide a rare and wonderful glimpse into what Wharton was thinking, and feeling, over 100 years ago.

Stay warm this winter:


As a summer full of romance draws to a close, a young woman discovers the heartbreak that autumn ushers in.
A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires, Edith Wharton called Summer (1916) her “hot Ethan.” In its rural settings and its poor, uneducated protagonist, this novella represents a sharp departure from Wharton’s familiar depictions of the urban upper class.
$12.00 paperback

This white, USA made coffee mug, is encircled by a complete listing of Wharton’s works in a faint hunter green. The author’s signature appears on one side in a dark hunter and “The Mount Estate & Gardens” logo shows on the other.

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