The Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton came from a privileged background and made a bob or two from her writing – enough to build this wonderful home, The Mount; but despite being rich and successful, she was always bucking gender limitations, not the least the accepted blueprint for women of her class as wife and hostess. Like ambitious women of every age, she had to bust through a number of historic obstacles: she was the first woman to win a Pulitzer, the first to be awarded an honorary PhD from Yale, and the first woman full member in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
So it is fitting that The Mount should be one of only 5% of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. In this, Wharton’s 150th birthday, The Mount is offering tours, films, exhibitions, jazz evenings and literary events.
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