Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Mount’s Gardens Sustain Major Damage from Record-breaking Rainstorm

From Irene Goldman-Price:

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Storm Damage at The Mount

NEWS FROM THE MOUNT

 On Wednesday evening, the Berkshires experienced a torrential storm that dropped over 5 inches in the course of several hours. Unfortunately, The Mount and parts of nearby Lenoxdale received the brunt of the storm. Our entrance drive was badly damaged and some of the garden pathways and the French Flower garden nearly destroyed. We are still assessing the damage and coming up with a plan of action. The press and the community have been very responsive. I am attaching the press release we issued as well as some comparative photos. The repairs, I am afraid, are going to be many thousands of dollars and we will need to mount an emergency campaign as there are not funds in our operating budget to absorb a calamity of this magnitude. I will keep you posted as we know more.  Please share this email with your friends and colleagues to help build our community of support. Continue reading

New Books: Sacramental Shopping: Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

Originally posted on SSAWW:

sacramentalSacramental Shopping
Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Sarah Way Sherman

http://www.upne.com/1611684223.html

Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
University of New Hampshire Press

Illuminates modern consumer culture and its challenges to American identity and values in two classic novels

Written a generation apart and rarely treated together by scholars, Little Women (1868) and The House of Mirth (1905) share a deep concern with materialism, moral development, and self-construction. The heroines in both grapple with conspicuous consumption, an aspect of modernity that challenges older beliefs about ethical behavior and core identity.

Placing both novels at the historical intersection of modern consumer culture and older religious discourse on materialism and identity, Sarah Way Sherman analyzes how Alcott and Wharton rework traditional Protestant discourse to interpret their heroines’ struggle with modern consumerism. Her conclusion reveals how Little Women’s optimism, still buoyed by otherworldly justice, providential interventions, and the…

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Of interest to NYC Edith Wharton Fans: Roadtrip to The Mount

Lit Crawl NYC is hosting a roadtrip from NYC to the Edith Wharton estate in the Berkshires on Sunday, June 22.

We’ve chartered a bus with seats for 50. If members of your organization are interested, we’d love to have you.

Tickets are $45 until 6/11. (Available here: http://ow.ly/xFa5A ) Please spread the word to other bibliophiles.

Best regards,
Camille Davies-Mandel
camille@litcrawl.org
www.litcrawl.org/nyc