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The Mount, the Lenox, Mass. estate that author Edith Wharton designed, will be marking her 150th birthday throughout the year. Author of “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome,” and “The House of Mirth, ”Wharton was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also received an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
The Mount is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton had built based on the precepts outlined in her 1897 book, “The Decoration of Houses.” Only five percent of National Historic Landmarks are dedicated to women, and The Mount is one of them. Like Jefferson’s Monticello, it is an autobiographical house, one that embodies its creator’s spirit. Work on the estate began in 1997 to restore the mansion, stable, gatehouse, greenhouse and gardens. The newest project is recreating Edith Wharton’s bedroom suite where she wrote some of her novels.
New exhibits include “Dramatic License: Wharton on Stage and Screen,” which attempts to answer the question, “Does the public really want ‘a tragedy with a happy ending’?” The new exhibition explores theatrical, radio, film, and even operatic adaptations of Wharton’s greatest works. On April 3 and 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., French tea will be held in the European-inspired Gallery of The Mount. There will be lively discussions in French about culture, travel, books, and other topics.
The Mount Estate and Gardens, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 http://www.edithwharton.org