“Love in the Afternoon” – Edith Wharton, Morton Fullerton, and Henry James
If you are readers of Vogue magazine you might have already seen this photo spread, but seeing as I was reviewing The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields this week, I wanted to share these beautiful photos by the ever amazing Annie Liebovitz. All the photos are from the Vogue website.
“A Woman of Letters” – Edith and Anna Bahlmann
This spread features actors and actresses portraying Edith Wharton and her friends including: President Teddy Roosevelt, Morton Fullerton, Anna Bahlmann, Henry James, Daniel Chester French, Beatrix Farrand, Walter Berry and long time servant Charles Cook.
“Mistress of Her Fate” – Edith with Henry James, Morton Fullerton, and her faithful servant, Cook
They also feature Wharton’s home, The Mount, as the backdrop for the beautiful photos.
“Writer’s Retreat” – Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount
“Strong Stance” – Edith and friends in the garden terrace of The Mount
The actors/actresses involved in this re-enactment are: Natalia Vodianova (Edith Wharton), Jeffrey Eugenides (Henry James), Elijah Wood (Charles Cook), Jack Huston (Morton Fullerton), Juno Temple (Anna Bahlmann), Nate Lowman (Daniel Chester French), Mamie Gummer (Beatrix Farrand), Junot Diaz (Walter Berry), Jonathan Safran Foer (Ogden Codman, Jr), Max Minghella (Maxfield Parrish), and James Corden (Teddy Roosevelt).
You may recognize some of these personages from their other artistic endeavors – the only two I knew of were Elijah Wood and Jack Huston (if you watch Boardwalk Empire, he portrays Richard Harrow).
“Artistic Endeavors” – Edith’s neighbor, artist Daniel Chester French
I don’t know about you, but I think the all the actors did a pretty good job of representing their historical counterparts. These images have really helped the characters of The Age of Desire jump off of the page for me.
“Guests of Honor” – Edith and her literary posse
You can read more about what it took behind the scenes to create these photos at Vogue.
“A Study of Desire” – Edith where she felt most at home
What do you think of these images? Do you think they capture the spirit of Edith Wharton?
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