The famous novellist also wrote a book on Italian Villas and their Gardens
(Century Company, New York, 1904). It was influential during the Country Place Era
. Her niece, Beatrix Farrand
, was a founder member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Wharton alwo wrote a book on The Decoration of Houses
(1897). She became famous in 1905 with the publication of The House of Mirth
. Edith Wharton's own garden, The Mount
, is open to the public.