Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady

August 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$30 general; $25 Mount members
Photo by Elena Siebert


Susan Quinn will discuss her biography, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady. This vivid portrait of love is a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history. In 1932 Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship, at times lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. Additionally, these women couldn’t have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation’s most powerful political families. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after escaping an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Hick’s admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell and when Eleanor’s time as First Lady ended with FDR’s death, Hick urged her to continue to use her popularity for important causes, such as leading the UN’s postwar Human Rights Commission.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 4:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - The 2017 Summer Lecture Series

Susan Quinn started her writing career as a newspaper reporter and has since written for The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and the Boston Globe Magazine, among others.  While a staff writer at Boston Magazine, she received both the Penney-Missouri Magazine award and the Golden Hammer Award (from the National Association of Homebuilders) for investigative reporting. Her first book, A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney, won the Boston Globe Winship award and her next book, Marie Curie: A Life, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and shortlisted for Great Britain’s Fawcett Book Prize. Her Curie biography was also designated as one of the best science-tech books of 1995 by Library Journal, was awarded the Grand prix de lectrices by Elle magazine, and has now been translated into many languages.  She has received a doctorate in humane letters from the University of Wisconsin.

Refund requests will only be honored if made more than one week prior to lecture date.

We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.