Edith Wharton was a keen observer of society in tightly corseted New York of Gilded Age. Taking one step outside these social strictures could render even someone from the oldest and wealthiest families an outcast. Wharton (1862-1937) is one of America’s finest novelists, and her works (which include “The Age of Innocence,” “The House of Mirth,” and “Ethan Frome”) continue to be widely read today.
On June 30 at 6:00pm, the SFL in collaboration with Gloucester Stage Company, will explore some of the lesser known aspects of Wharton’s life, including her passionate affair with Morton Fullerton in Paris. Playwright Anne Undeland, author of BETWEEN THE SHEETS will discuss the correspondence between Wharton and Fullerton (discovered after Wharton’s death) that inspired her play, and Prof. M.M. Dawley of B.U. will discuss Wharton’s work, and how, under the surface, the Gilded Age (and Wharton herself) were not all that innocent. Actors from Gloucester Stage Company will present a scene from BETWEEN THE SHEETS, set to open July 1. Light refreshments will be offered afterwards in the Library’s amphitheater.