wharton_the-mount-with-japanese-anenomes-by-david-dashiell.jpgThe Lenox, Massachusetts estate where Edith Wharton wrote The House of Mirth and other novels is faced with imminent foreclosure due to financial difficulties, the New York Times recently reported. Trustees of The Mount have launched a fundraising campaign to save this National Historic Landmark, and $3 million needs to be raised before April 24, 2008. Pledges can be made at www.edithwharton.org, and they won’t be called in unless the monetary goal is reached — so there’s no risk to pledging a donation.

Wharton designed the house and gardens, and in addition to its literary significance The Mount is notable for being one of only 5 percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.

[Photo courtesy of David Dashiell and The Mount]