Willa Cather & Edith Wharton
"I am an incorrigable life-lover & life-wonderer & adventurer." — Edith Wharton
The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture
Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture

Willa on Wednesday at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Third Wednesdays—June, July, & August—at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
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The Mount
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA 01240
United States

The National Willa Cather Center is pleased to partner with The Mount, writer Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, Massachusetts, to launch a new series for the 2024 summer season! Join us at the Mount on the third Wednesday of June, July, and August for a sesquicentennial celebration of our beloved Willa Cather, who, along with Edith Wharton, is among the most treasured American writers of the 20th century.

In June and July, experience Cather's short stories brought to life in the Terrace Café by local actors, Ariel Bock and Mae Hedges Boyce. In August, Peter Cipkowski, Vice President of the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors, will present an overview of Cather's life and times. Cipkowski's lecture will explore Cather’s turbulent biography and uniquely American voice, which set a new standard in American literature.

Members of the Willa Cather Foundation can receive $5 off their ticket purchases with a special code! 

Contact Jeniffer Beahm, Development Coordinator, at or (402) 746-2653

Willa on Wednesday events:

  • June 19: "Neighbor Rosicky" read by Ariel Bock, Terrace Café
  • July 17: "Paul’s Case" read by Mae Hedges Boyce, Terrace Café
  • August 21: a presentation by Peter Cipkowski, Stable Auditorium

Peter Cipkowski is a literary historian with interdisciplinary research interests in early 20th century American literature, civic engagement, and global education. He also serves as Vice President of the National Willa Cather Center Board of Governors. Peter received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and teaches at UCLA. Peter divides his time between Hillsdale and Los Angeles.

You can purchase Julie Olin-Ammentorp's definitive biography, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather and the Place of Culturethe first comparative study of the two authors in thirty years—from our online bookstore! [University of Nebraska Press: 2019]

The Mount is a turn-of-the-century home, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902. A National Historic Landmark, today The Mount is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton.