Library Conversations

Wharton's Awakeners

February 3, 2022

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In this conversation, The Mount’s Director of Interpretation, Anne Schuyler, and Librarian, Nynke Dorhout, will lead a thought-provoking exploration of Wharton’s library, focusing on the authors that inspired her. From her childhood books on Greek mythology and Dante to well-worn volumes of Shakespeare and Emerson, these are the authors she called the “great awakeners.”  We will survey not only what the books tell us about her intellectual development,  but also how they continued to influence her throughout her career.





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.

Library Conversations has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.


  • Free online program.
  • Join us on March 3rd for the next Library Conversation called Surprises, which will feature some of the more unusual books in the collection.
  • Join us on April 7th for the last of our Library Conversations, the Natural World. In honor of Earth Day, we will look at Wharton’s remarkable collection of books on gardening, astronomy, and science.