Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Save the mount!

Save the Mount!
Why Edith Wharton's house is an architectural treasure.
By Kate Bolick
Posted Monday, April 21, 2008, at 7:22 AM ET

Outside design circles, not many people know that Edith Wharton's first publication was a decorating manual. It's a perplexing fact. Our own American grande dame, author of more than 40 books, friend of Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt … bothered herself with wallpaper and sconces? (Actually, she loathed wallpaper.) But after the initial shock, perhaps you'll remember reading The Age of Innocence or seeing Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of it and realize that Wharton is fused in your mind with masterfully described interiors—at which point, your confusion will click into a satisfied "Huh!" If so, you might be moved, as I was, to rent a car and go visit the Mount, the only one of Wharton's many residences remaining. But act fast: If the Mount doesn't somehow acquire $3 million by April 24, the bank is going to shut it down. The interiors you're about to see may be lost to the public forever.


At 6:29 PM, Blogger Meg O'C said...

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At 6:30 PM, Blogger Meg O'C said...

The Mount is $3 million in debt.
Meanwhile, Shakespeare & Company, (whom the Edith Wharton Restoration ungenerously and un-graciously evicted from the Mount property, although it was Shakespeare & Company that created the EWR in the first place) is opening a brand new theater this summer, expanding their training and educational programming, extending their performance season, and enjoying a high volume of visitors and much critical acclaim.

And that, my friends, is what I call KARMA.


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