Pulitzer Prize Winner David McCullough Headlines The Mount’s Monday Lecture Series

(Lenox, MA) This summer, David McCullough will talk about his latest book, The Wright Brothers, on Monday, July 20 as part of The Mount’s popular Monday Lecture Series. Tickets for the series go on sale for Mount members on Monday, May 18 at 9:00 am. The member preview sale runs through May 27. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

The Mount’s Monday Lecture series, now in its 23rd year, highlights recent biographies and memoirs. Past participants include Tom Reiss, Rebecca Mead, and Michael Korda. The 2015 Monday Lecture Series will start on Monday, July 6 and will run for nine consecutive Mondays. All lectures start at 4:00 pm in the historic Stable auditorium and are followed by a tea and book signing. This series is generously sponsored by Blantyre, a Relais & Châteaux located in Lenox, MA.

“It has been amazing to see the Monday Lecture Series grow into such a beloved program,” said Nynke Dorhout, who has been coordinating the series since 2007. “We are now at a point where almost every lecture is sold out before the beginning of the series. Some people in the audience have joined us since 1993, the first year we offered the series. It is always such a joy to see how inspired the public is by the lectures as well as the many conversations that follow.”

“One of the things that continue to enchant me is that every author who participates is genuinely honored to speak at The Mount. Whether they are young emerging authors, or established prize-winning biographers, they all are delighted to participate, and many of them have returned to The Mount as speakers or as visitors.” Dorhout is also The Mount’s librarian and ensures that each visiting author has the opportunity to spend time in Wharton’s library.

“The Monday Lecture Series is the centerpiece of our summer programming,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. The level of talent we have been able to bring to the Berkshires is just extraordinary. I believe that speaks to Wharton’s legacy. Many of the authors who participate do so because of a strong connection they have to Wharton and her work. ”

The 2015 Monday Lecture Series Line Up:

Monday, July 6: Laura Auricchio: The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

Monday, July 13: Eric Foner: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Monday, July 20: David McCullough: The Wright Brothers

Monday, July 27: Karen Abbott: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Monday, August 3: Nigel Hamilton: The Mantle of Command: FDR at War 1941-1942

Monday, August 10: Deborah Lutz: The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

Monday, August 17: Vicky Constantine Croke: Elephant Bill: The Inspiring Story of James Howard Williams

Monday, August 24: Elena Gorokhova: Russian Tattoo: A Memoir

Monday, August 31: David M. Friedman: Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

About The Mount:

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

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

For more information, visit EdithWharton.org.

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