“EDITH WHARTON’S NEW YORK CITY: A BACKWARD GLANCE”
Exhibition Reveals Intimate Links between Wharton’s Family and the City’s Oldest Library
Recently discovered family memorabilia and first edition Wharton novels on view at the New York Society Library
This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is on view at the New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street in Manhattan.
March 15, 2012 – December 31, 2012
The New York Society Library is open every day: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am – 5pm; Tues & Thurs until 7pm; Sun: 1-5pm. Closed weekends from mid-June to mid-September.
EDITH WHARTON’S NEW YORK CITY: A BACKWARD GLANCE
An exhibition that reveals the intimate links between the world of Edith Wharton, who would have turned 150 on January 24 of this year, and the New York Society Library, the city’s oldest library, sheds new light on this famous writer’s family as true New Yorkers.
Fascinating family memorabilia – recently discovered by the library – along with historic charging ledgers recording the borrowing of Edith’s father and Library shareholder George Frederic Jones, family photographs from private collections and books Wharton read as a child lend new understanding of a prominent New York family whose wealth and social standing inspired the popular expression “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”
The New York Society Library, Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery
53 East 79th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, New York, NY, Subways: 4, 5, 6
The New York Society Library, which is the oldest in the city, was founded in 1754 by a civic-minded group formed in the belief that the availability of books would help the City prosper. A subscription library, it now contains three hundred thousand volumes, reflecting the reading and scholarly interests of its members over the last 257 years.
For more information: http://www.nysoclib.org/