April 19, 2016
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth, The New York Society Library has an exhibit dedicated to the New York writer. Wharton was born into a life of wealth and privilege on 23rd Street in 1862. Her father, George Frederic Jones, was a shareholder and member of The New York Society Library.
The current exhibit, "Edith Wharton’s New York City: A Backward Glance," is composed of family photographs and books that Wharton and her family borrowed from the library’s original location on 19th Street. The library is also exhibiting first editions of Wharton’s novels, including The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, as well as family portraits and books from Wharton’s library at her former Lenox, Massachusetts home (now a museum). The exhibit runs through December 31. 53 E. 79th St., 212-288-6900