Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Recently, I had the privelege to read Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence. I have no right to discuss this book it is truely beyond words, much less criticism.

Someone was kind enough to bring this article to my attention. Please consider giving a little. It is these works of art and history that survive for the next generation to teach them about the potential of humanity.

Save the Mount

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.

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MorganScorpion said...

What a beautiful house. I do hope enough money can be raised to save this priceless treasure.

Anonymous said...

Hey nes,
nice site, can I borrow your book the power of one?

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh what a gorgeous place! It would be a shame to lose it :(