Born edith newbold jones. January 24 1862 august 11 1937 was an american novelist short story writer and designer wharton drew upon her insider s knowledge of the upper class new york aristocracy to realistically portray the lives and morals of the gilded age in 1921 she became the first woman to win the pulitzer prize in literature for her.
The mount is a turn of the century home designed and built by edith wharton in 1902.
Edith wharton house. A national historic landmark today the mount is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual artistic and humanitarian legacy of edith wharton. Today the mount is a cultural center and historic house museum welcoming over. A great american house designed by a great american writer.
Edith wharton ˈ hw ɔːr t ən. Wharton was born edith newbold jones into a wealthy new york family on january 24 1862 at 14 west 23 rd st. There is so much to do.
A day at the mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of edith wharton s beloved country estate. The mount 1902 is a country house in lenox massachusetts the home of noted american author edith wharton who designed the house and its grounds and considered it her first real home the estate located in the berkshires is open to the public the property was declared a national historic landmark in 1971. The design of the main house combined edith wharton s philosophies and astute knowledge of design and architecture with the professional expertise of her architects ogden codman jr and francis l v.
The third child and only daughter of george frederic and lucretia rhinelander jones the young edith spent much of her childhood in europe mainly france germany italy developing both her gift for languages and a deep appreciation. The self guided house tour as the guided house tour has done in the past involved touring several rooms in the house all beautifully restored. The tour gave a great history of the house and edith wharton s life including the time period prior to when the house was built while she was living at the house and after she left the house.
The exterior of the mansion completed by hoppin was based on belton house a 17 th century english country house in lincolnshire. To tell the stories of the mount we offer tours of the house and gardens a backstairs tour and our popular ghost tour.