Tea & Talk – The Gilded Age in Fact and Fiction

August 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
$35, $30 for members or with advance reservation, $22 for students 22 and under

Carol Wallace, writer of 23 books, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, August 16 at 4 pm. A tea will follow her presentation.

Carol’s talk will investigate the enduring fictional appeal of the Gilded Age for contemporary readers and writers. Julian Fellowes claims her book To Marry an English Lord as the inspiration for Downton Abbey.

Wallace grew up in a Victorian house in Connecticut and spent many hours of her childhood in the public library next door (built in 1887). Her father was a sports writer for the New York Times and her mother ran a book store. After graduating from Princeton she spent several years working for a publishing company and was one of the co-authors of The Official Preppy Handbook. Among her other books are two novels of romantic suspense, several baby name books, and To Marry an English Lord. Her 23rd title is Our Kind of People.

The New York Times Book Review from its “Summer Reading” roundup on Our Kind of People said: “The fixtures of New York social life in the late 19th century are under siege in Carol Wallace’s charming historical romance…Perfect for appetites that have been whetted by HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” it follows the fortunes of Helen and Joshua Wilcox, whose love match (she’s from an old family; his barely qualifies as “trade”) still attaches a whiff of scandal to their teenage daughters, Jemima and Alice, when debutante season arrives.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.