Members Book Club

Looking to curl up with a good book? How about four good books, all written by Edith Wharton? Then join us for the first-ever Members Book Club at The Mount.

From November through March, we will be reading some of Wharton’s most famous works including The House of Mirth, her war novels The Marne and A Son at the Front, and The Age of Innocence. Please feel free to join us for just one or all!

As a member, you can purchase the book club books at our bookstore with a 10% discount!

To RSVP, call or email Alex at 413-551-5112 or asniffen@edithwharton.org. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Sunday, November 12 @ 4:00 pm

The House of Mirth (1905)

Join us for a guided discussion of Edith Wharton’s first best-selling novel, The House of Mirth. This 1905 work was called by The New York Times “a novel of remarkable power,” and traces the tale of social climber Lily Bart and the Gilded Age New York society she lived in.

Sunday, December 10 @ 4:00 pm

Ethan Frome (1911)

Join us to discuss Ethan Frome, Wharton’s tragic winter’s tale, written while she lived at The Mount, and set in the fictitious New England town of Starkfield, MA. Elegant in form, Henry James praised the novella for its “beautiful artful kept-downness.”

Sunday, January 14 @ 4:00 pm

The War Novels: The Marne (1918) & A Son at The Front (1923)

Wharton spent the World War I years in a whirlwind of humanitarian activity, yet she still found time to write two major works of fiction. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918, we will be discussing her war works: the novella The Marne (1918), and the novel A Son at The Front (1923).

Sunday, February 11 @ 4:00 pm

The Age of Innocence (1920)

Join us to discuss Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. Wharton was awarded the 1921 Pulitzer for this novel, thought by many to be her best. It is frequently on the lists of best novels, best New York novels and most heart-breaking love stories. Join the discussion and see if you agree.

Sunday, March 11 @ 4:00 pm

The Buccaneers (1938)

Wharton completed about three quarters of this novel by her death in 1937. She left an outline and since her death, other authors have attempted to finish the story. Julian Fellows cited this story of rich American heiresses seeking titled English husbands as his inspiration for Downton Abbey. It is one of her more ebullient novels, full of strong and lively female characters.