Genre: Drama

As part of our continuing celebration of the 150th birthday of Edith Wharton, the Library is proud to present The Inner House. A vivid account of Wharton's public and private life, it is adapted by Dennis Krausnick from her 1934 autobiography, A Backward Glance, and her private letters and poems. This production by The Wharton Salon is directed by Normi Noël and stars Tod Randolph as Wharton. It played to sold-out audiences at Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, in August 2012.

The Inner House covers Wharton at five years old taking a walk with her father down "the old Fifth Avenue" in New York City, her earliest years of "making up" that sowed the seeds of her later writing career, her unpreparedness for marriage to Teddy Wharton, days at The Mount, unhappiness and divorce, her later affair with Morton Fullerton, her journey abroad, assistance to France in World War I, and loving descriptions of her close friends and mentors Henry James, Walter Berry, and Bernard Berenson.

The Wharton Salon is a professional theater company that performs the stories of novelist Edith Wharton and her contemporaries in site-specific locations, offering a unique intimacy between author, actor, and audience, and drawing connections between literature, architecture, and nature. Cast bios, video, performance archives, and photos can be found at

This event is generously supported by the Estate of Marian O. Naumburg.


Open:   12/02/12
Close:   12/02/12

12/02/12- 3:00:00
Theater:   The New York Society Library
Address:   53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
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