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May 15-18, 2014

Edith Wharton Town & Country Blog
| Price & Reservations | Friends Membership | Bibliography
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Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library invites members to participate in a tour of “Edith Wharton’s New York City,” May 15-18, 2014, with an optional excursion to Wharton’s restored estate, The Mount, in western Massachusetts, May 18-19.

Library Director Paula Kiely will accompany the tour, which is provided by East Town Travel and led by Karen Bergenthal, a specialist in cultural and architectural trips.

Edith Wharton grew up in New York City, and her most celebrated novels are set there. They include The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, and The Custom of the Country. The social status of her fictional characters is defined by the city’s geography. We will tour the neighborhood of Wharton’s youth and the exclusive Fifth Avenue enclave in which many of her characters live, as well as landmark institutions from the Gilded Age.

The tour also provides the unusual opportunity to visit The Mount, Edith Wharton’s magnificent turn-of-the-century estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. Before Wharton became an acclaimed novelist, she wrote a groundbreaking book on interior design, The Decoration of Houses, and applied its precepts as she created The Mount. Her home and extensive gardens have been restored to their original glory, as Wharton knew them.

View the complete itinerary for “Edith Wharton’s New York City” and the optional extension to the Mount, as well as details on price and reservations.  Reservations and a deposit of $500 are due by March 1, 2014.

The tour is limited to 20 participants and is available only to members of Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. To join, visit the Friends membership page.

You can learn more about Edith Wharton and her writing with this list of books and movies, all of which are available in the Milwaukee Public Library System.



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