Mabel’s Florence: Edwin Dodge and the Villa Curonia, 1904-1912

The story of Mabel’s years in Florence opens with her second marriage. On board a steamship from New York to Havre, France, Mabel met Edwin Dodge, a wealthy architect from Boston. He would become her second husband.

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Mabel Ganson Evans: First Marriage, 1900-1904

Mabel’s second memoir, European Experiences, relates the story of her marriage to Karl Evans. In Buffalo, eager to test her womanly powers, Mabel flirted with Karl Evans of her country club set. He was already engaged to one of her friends. “I had no thought of marrying him, but only of keeping him from Elsie.” The flirtation grew into an obsession for Karl. He broke with Elsie to court Mabel.

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Mabel’s beginnings: Buffalo, New York, 1879-1898

The exhibition and catalog Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West inspired this series on Mabel’s life. The show opens with her birthplace and first home in Buffalo, New York.

Born to wealth on February 26, 1879, Mabel Ganson grew up in Buffalo, New York at the height of the Gilded Age….

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Mabel Dodge Luhan Inspires Nell Shaw Cohen Opera

It’s amazing how Mabel continues to inspire. The subject of a recent play performed earlier this summer in Taos (see below), her life is clearly suited to dramatic expression. So thought composer and librettist Nell Shaw Cohen. On August 12th the Harwood Museum of Art presents “Bringing Mabel Dodge Luhan to Life through Opera,” showcasing excerpts from Nell’s opera-in-progress. This new chamber opera follows Mabel’s journey as she reinvents herself during her early Taos years.

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