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Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"For lovers of pre-World War I glamour, for lovers of Henry James and, yes, Downton Abbey, visiting Edith Wharton at Home will very much be, to quote one guest of the Mount, 'a deeply, deliciously delicately luxurious experience'." —World of Interiors
"If you enjoyed Downton Abbey, you'll love John Arthur's scores of full-colour photographs of the house and garden in Massachusetts as it is today, plus the many pictures taken by the family and their guests in decades gone by." —Times Colonist
"Not until reading the handsome new book, Edith Wharton at Home: Life At the Mount (The Monacelli Press), did I understand how intertwined [Wharton's] writing was with her sense of place. Richard Guy Wilson does a masterful job of showing how from 1902 until 1911 Wharton lived, wrote, and entertained a sparkling roster of visitors at The Mount." —Traditional Home
"Wilson’s descriptive narrative leads us through Wharton’s life, loves, and passions while John Arthur’s specially commissioned photographs poetically capture the house (both inside and out) as well as the famous grounds. Of special interest is the development of the grounds and gardens for which Wharton’s niece Beatrix Jones lent a hand between 1901 and 1902." —Judith B. Tankard, The Beatrix Ferrand Society News
About the Author
Pauline C. Metcalf is a noted architecture and design historian, as well as the chairman of The Mount’s Interior Design Committee. She is the author of Ogden Codman and The Decoration of Houses and Syrie Maugham.
John Arthur is a writer, independent curator, and photographer. Among his publications are Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting & the American Tradition, Richard Estes: Painting and Prints, American Realism & Figurative Painting, Green Woods & Crystal Waters, and Theophilus Brown: Paintings, Drawings, and Collages. He is currently working on a monograph on Bernard Maybeck.
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Top Customer Reviews
Look upon the gardens; feel what Thoreau and Emerson meant by man's need to escape in nature. Then pretend you are meeting Henry James and walk through the home. This book hits the mark in every respect; absoultely (spelling intentional) incredible. Richard Guy Wilson's text is revealing, rich and tight, and Arthur's images carry you inside Wharton's life giving you a palpable sense of place and time. This book is a song. Thank you gentlemen!
It makes a solid argument for architectural preservation; how can we know who we are when we have no history to remember!
Only wish there were more photos of the interior, like Arthur supplied for Amazon!! Another book perhaps?
Merrilee Vuscovich Posner
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I requested (and received) this book for Christmas and I am quite disappointed in the quality. The physical qualities like paper,ink,binding are completely fine but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Park
Beautiful photographs and fascinating information about the author's life. Love this book!Published 5 months ago by JLJBackToClassic
Because I was planning a trip to the Berkshires with the Art Institute of Chicago, which included a day at The Mount, I wanted this book. It did not disappoint. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith S. Lee