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"Richard Guy Wilson's Edith Wharton at Home...illuminates Wharton’s life at her country house in the Berkshires—'my first real home,' as Wharton called it, having built it to fit her design ideals. The Mount was also the place where she made her first forays into fiction (Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth) and entertained a salon of writers and artists." —Vogue

"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

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Richard Guy Wilson is Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia and a foremost authority on the architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of more than twenty books, most recently The Colonial Revival House and Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House.
 
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine you have been invited by Mrs. Wharton for a visit to The Mount. Impossible? Here's your ticket! Reading this and seeing the images underscores Virginia Woolf's essays on why we all need a place of respite. Granted this is a respite I could never imagine but seeing something that is so artfully composed to provide tranquility in every respect is a marvel.

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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This was an interesting book. Edith Wharton had quite a vision for her home. The pictures are fine and the contents very enjoyable. I'm glad that Edith had the time to enjoy her home. Years later, it was made available to the public to enjoy, too. Many thanks to Richard Guy Wilson for making this home come to life once again through this wonderful book.
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This book is beautiful - well written and a must for any fan of Edith Wharton. Great information and pictures.
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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. Excellent information and gorgeous color pictures. Heard the author speak, and met the woman that wrote the forward at yet another lecture. The book is most enjoyable .
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