Edith Wharton

November 17, 2011 sporky16

I liked the look of an image (in gold) I found on one of the websites I found about Ms Wharton, and discovered it was not an image of Edith at all, but had an interesting little side story so here is the link: http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/wharton/howell.htm

Edith Wharton was known for her ghost stories in her time, so I thought this was funny:

Apparently when she was young she had experiences being “haunted by formless horrors”, and it led to her later ghost story success. Her home “The Mount” was a school until 1976- Foxhollow School for Girls, and residents of that school, actors from an acting troupe/company that used the building after the school was closed, and an episode of the TV show Ghost Hunters all reported unexplained noises and ghost sightings. I couldn’t find a link to the actual episode at The Mount, but here is a clip of the findings: http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=A0S00MrG2sVO0ygA2hL7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBncGdyMzQ0BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZAM-?p=ghost+hunters+the+mount+season+5&ei=utf-8&n=21&tnr=20

And apparently The Mount offers ‘ghost tours’ on Friday nights during the summer-woo!

I just think its really interesting the Wharton was so successful in so many different genre’s of writing. The reach of her writing is impressive. How many authors can say they have published a successful ghost story, book of poetry, travel diary/book, book on home decoration, and a novel of legitimate literary value, let alone multiples of each? Edith Wharton had to have been a woman of legitimate genius. She was able to posses such a wealth of information on each of these topics that she could turn it into all of those books and stories.



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  • 1. Donna Campbell  |  November 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    That she wrote ghost stories continues to be surprising, but they are good ones, too!

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