A week-long birthday bash for Edith

First and foremost: happy new year, everyone! We hope you had a lovely holiday season.

Edith with birthday cake 520wNow it’s January, and we’re rolling up our sleeves as we prepare for the busy months ahead, which include some exciting off-season programs. What better way to celebrate Edith Wharton’s 152 birthday week than by hosting three special events that place her squarely in current-day context? We hope you can join us for one or all of the following

From The House of Mirth to the House of Crawley… Downton Abbey Hits The Mount!

Saturday, January 18, 3PM, $10 general and free for Mount members: In the heart of Downton Abbey‘s fourth season on PBS, join Vanity Fair editor/writer David Kamp for a lively, lighthearted talk about his experiences with Julian Fellowes and how Fellowes’ work is informed by Wharton’s novels.

Society, Scandal, and Double Standards: A Reading and Discussion of New Year’s Day with Francesca Segal

Thursday, January 23, 6PM, $5 general and free for Mount members: Acclaimed author Francesca Segal will guest star in a very special winter reading on January 23rd.  Segal, author of The Innocents, a novel inspired by Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, will read from New Year’s Day (the Seventies) in the Drawing Room on the eve of Wharton’s 152nd birthday.

Fifty Shades of Lily: Wharton, Art, and Popular Culture

Saturday, January 25, 3PM, $10 general and free for Mount members: The Mount will welcome Wharton scholar Dr. Emily Orlando, who will discuss the secret to Wharton’s enduring popularity, making connections to contemporary culture, art, and even Lady Gaga. Considering Lily Bart’s tableau vivant in The House of Mirth as a turning point in the writer’s work, Dr. Orlando will discuss the ways in which Wharton resonates in our 21st-century world.

We hope to see you at The Mount soon!