Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life

July 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$30 general; $25 Mount members
Photo by Colleen Woolpert

Husband and wife team Thomas Bailey and Katherine Joslin will open our 2018 summer lecture series with a much anticipated talk about their fresh-from-the-press biography, Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life. Of all the biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, none has presented the twenty-sixth president as he saw himself: as a man of letters. Throughout his life, Roosevelt read widely and deeply, and worked tirelessly on his writing, producing journals, accounts of his travels and adventures, essays, countless speeches, histories, reviews and letters. Even Edith Wharton’s personal library at The Mount contains several books by Roosevelt, all of them inscribed. Roosevelt took enormous pride in being a writer, overseeing all aspects of publication, taking pains to hone a vigorous style, and never losing sight of his audience, nor of the image he wanted to convey. This captivating lecture traces Roosevelt’s lifelong engagement with books and discusses his writings from childhood journals to his final editorial, finished just hours before his death. Roosevelt is revealed at his most vulnerable—and his most human.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m.


Eventbrite - The 2018 Summer Lecture Series

Thomas Bailey is professor emeritus of English and environmental studies at Western Michigan University. During his four decades at WMU, he has served as ombudsman, director of Environmental Studies, and chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies.

Katherine Joslin is professor of English at Western Michigan University and Founding Director of the University Center for the Humanities. She received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar award in 2011. Joslin is the author of Jane Addams, A Writer’s Life and Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion, winner of a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award. She is a founding member of the Edith Wharton Society.

Refund requests will only be honored if made more than one week prior to lecture date.

Lecture Series books can be purchased in advance from The Mount’s Bookstore! Mount members receive a 10% discount.  Everyone receives a 15% discount if all 9 books are purchased together. If you would like to order your book(s) ahead of the lecture, e-mail our Bookstore Manager Patricia at

We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email,, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.