Happy 150th Birthday, Edith Wharton!

The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

A 150th birthday is cause for celebration – and not just for one day! The Mount will be commemorating Edith Wharton’s 150th birthday throughout 2012 and you’ll want to keep an eye on events as they’re posted.

While most people are impressed with Edith Wharton’s intelligence, it’s her boundless energy that continues to stun me. I could hardly keep up as I “watched” her tear through life. I was exhausted by simply writing about her. It took me months and months to read her books; I can scarcely wrap my mind around the fact that she wrote every word in every one of those books with a fountain pen.

Yet she somehow managed to live an active life while writing all those books. She traveled, she gardened, she entertained… Poor Henry James was positively alarmed by her energy as he sat in his home in England gearing up for a visit from her – “the coming of Edith” he called it. His secretary disliked Edith for the disruption that always arrived with her. She was a force to reckoned with – on paper AND in the flesh!

Connie Speaking at "The Mount"

If you haven’t yet met this astonishing woman, this is the year and The Mount is the place. Whether you’re a reader, a gardener, an interior decorator, or a World War I buff, there will be something for you to love right in the middle of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Join the celebration…all year long!