Formality, exuberance at The Mount

Anne Schuyler spoke about Edith Wharton and The Mount in Lenox, Mass., at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 26. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

SALISBURY — The Mount, the Lenox, Mass., home of Gilded Age novelist Edith Wharton, is “an autobiographical house.”

Anne Schuyler, director of visitor services at The Mount, provided this insight during a presentation on Wharton at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Wharton, in designing the house and gardens, deliberately rejected Victorian excess in favor of classical simplicity and symmetry, Schuyler said.

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