|I will be in the town of Versailles for a day between Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, and am hoping to find Wharton’s grave, in part to photograph it before the restoration takes place (for comparison after the restoration is done). I know she is buried in the Cimitiere des Gonards in Versailles, but cannot find any information about exactly where the grave is, and it is a fairly large cemetery.
Does anyone know the exact location of her grave? Failing that, does anyone know if the cemetery provides a list of “famous graves” or other information that would help me locate her grave?
Thank you in advance!
|A post on The Mount’s blog locates Wharton’s grave “on the first row of Canton D”: http://www.edithwharton.org/blog/edith-wharton/directions-anyone
If you scroll down to the bottom of the following website, there is a map of the cemetery on which Canton D is identified:
I visited Wharton’s grave in May of 1997 and found the locals very helpful (in spite of my nonexistent French). A shopkeeper tore a map out of his phone book and marked the route to the cemetery for me. At the cemetery gates, a woman who worked there gave me another map and marked the location of Wharton’s grave.
am responding to Julie Olin-Ammentorp’s query regarding the location=
Could any one please confirm that these lines come from a letter Wharton sent to Berenson?
“You mustn’t think there haven’t been bits of blue sky all the same; there always are with me; I can hardly ever wholly stop having a good time!”
And where could I have the source of the quote?