STAMFORD, CT - Meet Carol Wallace, the author that inspired the Downton Abbey craze with her book To Marry an English Lord during the Friends of The Ferguson Library Author Series Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at The Main Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for wine and tea reception. Appetizers courtesy of SoNo Baking Company & Café and Rodizio Grill. Program starts at 6:30. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 203 351-8275 for information or register at www.fergusonlibrary.org. Book sale and signing to follow program. Proceeds support the Library.
The book, which includes the real-life stories of American women who swapped their dollars for titles, spans from the Gilded Age to 1914, when more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia looking for husbands and titles—just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord.
The young women had good looks and big bucks; the often debt-ridden Brits had titles, castles and a society that was far more interesting to the young women. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details—plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette—To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.
Carol Wallace has written 21 books. Previous titles have included humor, parenting, and social history.