Author Encounters: Carol Wallace

Saturday, March 5, 2016
9:00 a.m.

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When Carol Wallace published her book To Marry an English Lord in 1989, she never imagined it would one day end up in the hands of Julian Fellowes, creator of the British television show, Downton Abbey. Fellowes drew his inspiration from this book to begin creating the first character for the show, Cora Crawley (played by Elizabeth McGovern). To Marry an English Lord illustrates a pivotal period when American heiresses sought to gain British aristocratic titles with their wealth.  Ms. Wallace recounts tales of formal courtships, lavish soirees, extravagant fashion and jewels, and scandalous affairs in the glamourous world of international high society. All could easily be storylines from a script of Downton Abbey!

After Carol Wallace graduated from Princeton, she worked in book publishing and coauthored the book The Official Preppy Handbook. Since then she has written twenty more books and dozens of articles.  Research for her master’s thesis was the basis for her 2011 historical novel Leaving Van Gogh and she has just completed her newest novel, Madame Manet.

Each author event will be a 45 minute illustrated presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets include a light breakfast.  Tickets will not include Museum admission.  Guests who would like to continue their morning and view Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times it is recommended that they purchase 10:30 a.m. timed entry admission ticket separately prior to arrival. The Chicago Milliners Collective will host an exclusive trunk show at each event featuring several area hat-makers and their beautiful creations. Books will be available for purchase before the event in the Driehaus Museum Store. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

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