Edith Wharton's View
The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts
The first female novelist to win a Pulitzer Prize, Wharton spent several hours writing in bed each morning. This is the view from her second-story bedroom, which mirrors the panorama her character Lily Bart takes in below.
Everything in her surroundings ministered to feelings of ease and amenity. The windows stood open to the sparkling freshness of the September morning, and between the yellow boughs she caught a perspective of hedges and parterres leading by degrees of lessening formality to the free undulations of the park.
Open daily; $13 to $16 admission; www.edithwharton.org. The Mount faces foreclosure in October 2008. Keep this landmark open by contributing to Save the Mount. For details, visit www.edithwharton.org/savemount.php
— The House of Mirth, 1905