August Events at the Mount

August Events at the Mount

August Events at the Mount

Summering in Style

August 11, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Members $10; General $12

Summer visitors have enjoyed the Berkshires’ natural and cultural treasures for over a century. Architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson will trace the origins of this tradition, following Wharton from the beaches of Newport to the Berkshire Hills.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 20 – August 17

Adults $15; Children and Students $5

Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount! Join us for a special month-long engagement of the Northeast Regional Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your own seating and blanket for this 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy performed outdoors in the Dell. For more information and tickets, visit:

The Wharton Salon Presents: Two By Wharton

August 14-25

The Wharton Salon is celebrating its fifth anniversary at The Mount with two lighthearted, one-act short stories by Edith Wharton: The Quicksand and The Looking Glass. By popular demand, tea and cookies will be served at intermission! For tickets and information visit: or call 1-800-838-3006.

2013 MONDAY LECTURE SERIES: 4 p.m. $22, Members $20

The Voice is All: Rethinking Kerouac

Joyce Johnson

August 5

In her biography of Beat poet Jack Kerouac, Johnson sheds new light on his journey from boyhood to cultural icon. Drawing from their love affair as well as from Kerouac’s letters and diaries, Johnson peels away the layers of the legend to reveal the real man beneath.

The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

Janet Wallach

August 12

Renowned author Janet Wallach explores the life of Hetty Green, America’s first female tycoon. Green, considered an eccentric by her friends and “The Witch of Wall Street” by her enemies, bucked conventional wisdom and amassed a fortune equal to more than two billion dollars today.

American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath

Carl Rollyson

August 19

Carl Rollyson is the first Plath biographer to draw from the Ted Hughes archives, which include letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers. Rollyson paints a new picture of Plath as a powerful force that embraced high and low culture to establish herself in the literary firmament.Show moreShow less

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

Lily Koppel

August 26

As the first astronauts were launched into space, America focused on their young wives, transforming them from military spouses into instant celebrities. New York Times writer Lily Koppel, author of the bestseller The Red Leather Diary, follows the lives of these brave women, chronicling their friendships which spanned over fifty years.