'Edith Wharton's New York: Exposing NYC's Gilded Age Elite Society' Webinar
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While 19th-century social reformers like photographer Jacob Riis helped show the world what life was really like for NYC's poorest residents, nobody was able to breach the tight-knit circles of New York's richest, who enjoyed lives of incredible wealth and privilege. Nobody, that is, until one woman inside their ranks decided to shed light on the inner workings of this secretive American aristocracy — this is the story of Edith Wharton and the New York she knew.
Join New York Adventure Club as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Age of Innocence , with a glimpse into Wharton’s life and the private inner world of the New York Gilded Age.
Led by writer, lecturer, and licensed NYC tour guide Carl Raymond, our digital showcase of the New York life of Edith Wharton will include:
-A historical overview of Edith Wharton , from her privileged upbringing in New York's 19th-century elite social class, to frequent European travels and residency, to her sensational writings and novels
-A discussion around where Edith's most famous characters lived , and stories surrounding key NYC locations — some of which are still standing — in Wharton's writings including the famed Academy of Music, Tiffany & Co, and Wallack's Theatre
- Vintage and contemporary photographs of 19th-century New York locations that were used as settings for her novels and stories, including Union Square, Washington Square Park, and Gramercy Park
-A brief overview of the New York mentions in her masterpiece novels, The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth , which provided insider knowledge of the hidden social dynamics amongst New York's richest and most powerful families
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about Edith Wharton are welcomed and encouraged!
Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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Carl Raymond is a licensed New York City tour guide, food historian, writer, and museum educator. He has worked at the Merchant's House Museum as well as King Manor Museum in education and programming. Carl has lectured for the Royal Oak Foundation, Merchant's House Museum, National Arts Club, Metropolitan Opera Guild, St. George's Society, Historic Royal Palaces and the English Speaking Union. He was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, ed. Andrew Smith (Oxford University Press) and is at work on his own book, A Culinary History of the Gilded Age.
"Loved the subject and he was very well versed. Great narrative."
"The speaker and his presentation were very engaging. I will definitely be on the lookout for any upcoming events you have with him."
"Outstanding! This might have been the best one yet. Speaker was wonderfully articulate and knowledgeable, and really brought Edith Wharton and her world to life. Loved all the vintage photos as usual, and loved the side-by-side comparisons with present-day views of the same sites. Looking forward to rewatching the whole thing!"
"Carl was an excellent speaker. He was very knowledgeable about the subject and the entire lecture was well structured and interesting."
"I thought Carl was very engaging and the information provided was great. The photos were incredible! It was great to see people participating in the chat function."
"The presentation was wonderful, great teacher, great slides."
Knowledgeable speaker, good graphics and photos, fun anecdotes, answered questions well. Admin of event was flawless."
"It was tailored to everyone: Wharton scholars, those vaguely familiar with her, and literary and NY history buffs."
"Amazing visuals. Showing locations in the past and the present. Passion for the subject."
"Really organized and interesting. He obviously knew a lot about the subject and had a passion for it."
"Great stories, photos (& "then & now" depictions) great & really gave the flavor of the times of Wharton, rich social history, & personal stories"
"Speaker's knowledge; then and now street views; images of Wharton and her world; focus on "high society" aspects of her life."
"I loved the integration of Edith Wharton's life with the streets of old NY and also seeing the comparison between the old buildings and the current buildings. I definitely want to reread Wharton's books!"
"I love the historical context, photos and list of novels that were listed. I didn't know about Edith Wharton before (maybe because I'm a native San Franciscan who has not yet traveled to NY, I will eventually though) this webinar. Thank you."
"Carl's presentation was outstanding, so informative, thorough & entertaining, a joy to listen to." -Mary
"It brought the locations in Wharton's books to life, especially seeing the now-vanished spots." -Karen Ann
"Carl was very knowledgeable about his subject of Edith Wharton, as well as New York. His use of slides and descriptions of society in the 1890s and early 1900s was quite interesting." -Virginia
"The information provided was informative to all levels of Edith Wharton fans." -Audrey
"Everything but especially all the comparison photos Carl explained. He was wonderful." -Helen
"I came in late. I will watch the whole episode soon. I like that you make it available later." -Eileen
"The host was excellent; very well-informed, personable, and kept the pace of the virtual tour right on target. It was interesting to see the before and after visuals of landmarks." -Claudia
"I like the presentation style, and Carl's knowledge of his subject." -Sahra
"Carl was well informed and an excellent host." -Bethany
"I particularly liked the 'then and now' photographs. And the expansive knowledge of the presenter!" -Charles
"The speaker was excellent: knowledgeable and communicated very well. The pictures were good too." -Tina
"The guide/narrator had knowledge but more i important enthusiasm! He put together these then and mow photos - most interesting." -Denise
"Excellent history, knowledge and insight into Edith Wharton’s work." -Kathleen
"The presenter was incredibly knowledgeable, the presentation was well created with "then & now" pictures and he was extremely articulate and engaging to listen to for the entire time." -Laura
"Carl's knowledge of both NYC and Wharton - loved "seeing" her in her NYC environs - great images - terrific talk!" -Deborah
"I liked seeing this part of Manhattan and learning about some of the players." -Sandy
"The topic was great and the presenter was so knowledgeable. Also really liked the juxtaposition of then and now!" -Emma
"Carl knows so much about Edith Wharton! His talk, the accompanying photos, and his references to her books made this webinar one of my favorites!" -Judy
"Once again, knowledgeable lecturer and fascinating facts. I particularly liked his ability to compare and contrast 19th & early 20th century photos with those of the same scene today." -Mollyann
"He had it so organized in an interesting way and really knew the topic very well. I know that there was much more he would have liked to have said but no time." -Karen
"A lot of information and the host knowledgeable and energetic." -Susan
"The photos were great. The instructor was very knowledgeable and engaged." -Pink
"One of the coolest things was the comparison of "then and now" pictures." -Andrew
"He was interesting and knowledgeable." -Joan
"Subject matter was presented in a factual manner with pertinent historical and current pictures. The commentator was knowledgeable and articulate. I enjoyed the presentation. Thank you." -Sharon
"Good detail, good stories, entertaining, and he knew his stuff!" -Howard
"The presenter was very engaging, relating the past with the present. Loved the photos!" -Shirley
"It was fascinating. The speaker was incredibly well prepared and just wonderful." -Joanna
"Well-paced, really interesting information about Edith Wharton. Also appreciated a 5000 ft overview of some of her books. Looking forward to re-acquainting myself with her works." -Mary
"Informative, well-produced, excellent presenter who spoke clearly and communicated effectively." -Lynne
"As a relatively experienced NYC walking tour goer and avid reader, as well, this was nirvana. So long since we’ve been able to be out and about in this marvelous and historically rich city. This was a well-researched and insightful experience. Thanks!" -Mary
"Everything! Not only the in-depth information about Edith Wharton but the extensive and insightful information about E.W. during her time was terrific." -LouAnn
"Carl is the best! So knowledgeable. So quick to let you know what's important. So willing to share his vast storehouse of knowledge, insights, and fun trivia. A treasure! I will take whatever program he offers!" -Jacquelyn
"The subject matter was very interesting to me Presenter was good." -Christine
"Carl was an animated speaker. Entire presentation kept my attention." -Mary
"It was so rich with information I need to listen to it again to absorb it. It was very very good." -Ashley
"Good info about Edith Wharton and NYC in the Gilded Age. I liked seeing images of then and now." -Barbara
"The speaker, Carl, really knew his subject and the passion he felt for historic NYC and Wharton really came through. Importantly, he did not read his presentation as do some other presenters. So I did not fall." -Donna
"The presenter was very knowledgeable, extremely interesting and enthusiastic. I learned so much from him about the New York of Edith Wharton’s time. The old city photographs versus what NY looks like today was fascinating." -Breda
"It was very thorough and I also learned things I did not know. It was very well put together and transitioned nicely throughout." -Jacqueline
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