Date: 06/19/2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Madison Square Park (Madison Square Park, Manhattan)

Price: Free

Join us for a Jane’s Walk in the Park. This walk, titled Madison Square Park in the Time of Edith Wharton–and Today, will be led by architectural historian and writer Francis Morrone. The great New York novelist Edith Wharton was born half a block from Madison Square Park, at 24 West 23rd, in 1862, and was married half a block from the Park at Trinity Chapel on 25th just west of Broadway. As a girl in the 1860s and 1870s, Wharton spent much of her time in and around the Park. This tour will look at the Park and Madison Square and compare them in their two heydays: the time of Edith Wharton, and today. Along the way, we will clear up the myths surrounding the statue of William H. Seward (dedicated in 1876 when Edith was fourteen), and discuss the 1870s lives of those other literary denizens of who lived near Madison Square Park Square, Herman Melville and Henry James.

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