America’s Own Downton Abbey


I got a bit excited the other day when Greg Zimmerman tweeted about the US getting its own version of Downton Abbey from the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes. It will start in America’s Gilded Age (1880s), and feature the likes of the Mellons, Carnegies, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, etc. You can read the Atlantic article about it here.

Will you watch? I’m thrilled, I can’t wait! Have you read any good books about this era that we can read to get ourselves ready? Perhaps some Edith Wharton?



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6 thoughts on “America’s Own Downton Abbey

  1. That is exciting! I will definitely watch. I love Downton Abbey. I’ve been to the Biltmore House several times in Asheville, NC that was built by one of the Vanderbilts (George, I believe). I remember that Edith Wharton was a guest there. They had some memorabilia. I’ve only read Age of Innocence and it was a favorite when I was in my 20’s. I need to read it again.

  2. I will absolutely watch! Funny, I *just* finished a book about this era! (The Richest Woman in America by Janet Wallach)

  3. Of course I’ll watch! Loved Downton, and Fellowes’s role on Monarch of the Glen, so I’ll try anything with his name on it.

    I’ve not read much from this period. I am questionable about try Wharton, because I heard of her from watching a movie of one of her novels, and was dreadfully board during it. Going by my Dickens rule, this might not bode well. Or it could be a poorly translation.

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