The Mount Announces 2017 Summer Lecture Series

(Lenox, MA) This summer, The Mount will once again welcome award-winning biographers and memoirists to the former home of author Edith Wharton for its popular summer lecture series. This year’s participants include Megan Marshall, Elaine Showalter, Julie Scelfo, Randall Fuller, Laura Claridge, Susan Quinn, Mary V. Dearborn, and John Stauffer. The series will kick off on Monday, July 10th with Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Megan Marshall discussing her latest book, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast. A preview sale for Mount members starts on Wednesday, May 17 and runs through Tuesday, May 23. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 24. For more information and to purchase tickets and memberships, please visit or call 413-551-5100.

The Mount’s Summer Lecture Series, formerly known as the Monday Lecture Series, highlights recent biographies and memoirs by renowned authors. The name change was the result of last year’s high demand for tickets–the series initially sold out in 48 hours. This year, each lecture will be offered twice; on Mondays at 4:00 pm and then again on Tuesdays at 11:00 am. All lectures are presented in the recently restored Stable and are followed by a tea and book signing.

“The Summer Lecture Series continues to be the highlight of our summer offerings,” says Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “But, the pace of last year’s ticket sales surprised us. We literally sold out in less than two days. This year, we have arranged for each speaker to do two lectures, providing greater access to these immensely talented writers and their subjects.”

This is Nynke Dorhout’s eleventh year curating the lecture series. “Every year again, it’s incredibly gratifying to see how excited the authors are to feature their work at The Mount,” says Dorhout “This season, we are especially thrilled to offer such a wide variety of topics, ranging from the rebellious, 19th century social activist Julia Ward Howe, to Eleanor Roosevelt’s unconventional love affair with reporter Lorena Hickok, and the renowned African-American abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass.”

The 2017 Lecture Series Line Up:
Members $25; General $30

Megan Marshall: Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
Monday, July 10 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, July 11 at 11:00 AM

Elaine Showalter: The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography
Monday, July 17 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 AM

Julie Scelfo: The Women Who Made New York
Monday, July 24 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, July 25 at 11:00 AM

Randall Fuller: The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation
Monday, July 31 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, August 1 at 11:00 AM

Laura Claridge: The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf and her Unlikely Friendship with H.L. Mencken
Monday, August 7 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, August 8 at 11:00 AM

Susan Quinn: Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady
Monday, August 14 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, August 15 at 11:00 AM

Mary V. Dearborn: Ernest Hemingway: A Biography
Monday, August 21 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, August 22 at 11:00 AM

John Stauffer: Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American
Monday, August 28 at 4:00 PM; Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 AM

For additional information and photographs, please contact Rebecka McDougall at 413-551-5115.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of American writer Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our interpretive and public programs and the preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount hosts over 45,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property run May through October and weekends Novembers through February. Special events are hosted throughout the year. Annual programming includes an outdoor sculpture exhibit, lectures, readings of Wharton’s work, and a free music series.