Writers’ Houses

Reading & Writing

Mary Tribble writes to me pointing out that Edith Wharton lived in Hyeres, so I visited the house, an astonishing cubist building of immense grace and calm, overlooking the city, the sea and the islands beyond. Sadly the gardens don’t seem to be looked after as carefully as they once were. The house only opens at certain hours and is getting run down – nobody was there, so we had the place to ourselves. What a place to look out from and write!

2 comments on “Writers’ Houses”

  1. Terenzio says:

    Edith Wharton bought the Chateau Sainte-Claire in 1927 and summered in Hyères until here death in 1937. This is the Villa Noailles, designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in the 1925? for Charles de Noaille and his wife. It’s possible Edith Wharton was a friend of theirs and stayed at the Villa Nosilles before she bought the Chateau Sainte-Claire. Now the city owns the Villa Noailles, so they might not have the necessary funds to keep up the house and gardens, both of which are probably costly to maintain.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    It is astounding the number of authors whose houses are visited by tourists. Consider Rye for example, several at one blow there and all noted. Someone on the radio the other day was commenting on the twisty lane to Dy. Johnson’s house and that he was only “stumbling distance” from his favourite pub. Visiting the houses sometimes gives a clearer view of the authors’ lives (or a blurrier one if you’re testing the above mentioned stumbling distance)and perhaps puts their work in a better context. Perhaps Hyeres could hold Edith Wharton workshops and raise maintenance money that way.

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