Historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will tell all at a Tea & Talk here at the mansion. A Victorian tea will follow.
In 1900, Edith Wharton burst into the settled summer colony of Lenox. An aspiring novelist in her thirties, she was already a ferocious aesthete and intellect. She and her husband, Teddy, planned a defiantly classical villa, and she became a best-selling author with The House of Mirth in 1905.
As a hostess, designer, gardener and writer, Wharton set high standards that delighted many, including Ambassador Joseph Choate and sculptor Daniel Chester French. But her perceptive and sometimes indiscreet pen also alienated potent figures like Emily Vanderbilt Sloane and Georgina Welles Sargent.
Based upon her new book, Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Gilder will give an insider’s glimpse of the community’s reaction to this disruptive star during her tumultuous Lenox decade.
Cost to attend is $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.