Lorenzo in Taos: The Inspiration behind Rachel Cusk's international bestseller Second Place


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Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962) was a wealthy American patron of the arts, who was particularly associated with the Taos art colony. In mid--1912, Dodge held a weekly salon in her Greenwich Village apartment - notable guests included Carl Van Vechten, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, Charles Demuth, Big Bill Haywood, Max Eastman, Lincoln Steffens, Hutchins Hapgood, Neith Boyce, and John Reed. Van Vechten took Dodge as the model for the character Edith Dale in his novel Peter Whiffle. Anthropologist Raymond Harrington introduced Dodge and her friends to peyote in an impromptu ceremony there.In 1917, Dodge, with then husband Maurice Sterne, moved to Taos, New Mexico, where she began a literary colony. On the advice of Tony Lujan, a man from the Taos Pueblo whom she would marry in 1923, she purchased a 12--acre property. Lujan set up a teepee in front of her house, drumming each night in an attempt to lure her to him. Although Sterne bought a shotgun with the intention of chasing Lujan off the property, unable to use it, he instead took to insulting Dodge. In response, she sent him away until their divorce four years later.D. H. Lawrence, the English author, accepted an invitation from her to stay in Taos, arriving with his wife, Frieda, in early September, 1922. He had a fraught relationship with his hostess, however, later writing about it in his fiction. Dodge later published a memoir about the visit entitled, Lorenzo in Taos (1932). In New Mexico, Dodge and Lujan hosted a number of influential artists and poets, including Marsden Hartley, Arnold Ronnebeck, Louise Emerson Ronnebeck, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una, Florence McClung, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Hunter Austin, Mary Foote, Frank Waters, Jaime de Angulo, Aldous Huxley, Ernie O'Malley and others.Dodge died at her home in Taos in 1962. Dennis Hopper bought the Mabel Dodge Luhan House after having noticed it while filming Easy Rider - it has been designated a National Historic Landmark, operating as an historic inn and conference center.