Researching The Age of Innocence

July 1, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This online program will be streamed live via Zoom.
Join the Mount’s Executive Director Susan Wissler, Director of Interpretation Anne Schuyler, and Research Assistant Nick Hudson in conversation.

From Wharton’s sketches of alternative plots to critical reception at the time of publication through to today, The Mount staff will share their insights from re-engaging and closely re-reading The Age of Innocence as part of our centennial celebration and the online exhibition Writing The Age of Innocence.




Susan Wissler, Executive Director  joined The Mount in 2001 as Vice President and became Executive Director in 2008. Ms. Wissler graduated from Brown University, received a J.D. from Columbia University, and, prior to joining The Mount, practiced law in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Highlights of Ms. Wissler’s nineteen years at The Mount include the return of Wharton’s books to the library and the retirement of The Mount’s debt. In 2018, Ms. Wissler edited deceased French scholar and author Claudine Lesage’s Edith Wharton in France.

Anne Schuyler, Director of Interpretation leads the Visitors Services, Interpretation, and Exhibits teams. Since joining EWR in 2006, Anne has produced multiple exhibits and revised the interpretive content on Wharton and The Mount, highlighting, among other topics, Wharton’s humanitarian work during WWI and servant life at The Mount. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Professional Certificate in Public History from Northeastern University in Boston.

Nicholas Hudson, Research Assistant joined The Mount in 2017 as a docent. His current responsibilities include researching and writing material for speeches, exhibits, and other programs. He has an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

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.