Carole Owens

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A resident of Stockbridge, Carole Owens is the author of seven books, three newspaper columns, and numerous feature articles. As a local historian, Owens was named Scholar in Residence by the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities.

Articles by Carole Owens

CONNECTIONS: An Age gilded by mirth returns

Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 - The difference between the British and American novels of manners was that the British novelists could rely upon the stability of their society. In America, Wharton’s characters were either on their way up or down the social ladder.

CONNECTIONS: Gilded Age pomp and ceremony

Monday, 19 Jun 2017 - The hosts and hostesses of Gilded Age were undoubtedly our first celebrities and, just as our current celebrities, they set the style in art, architecture, interior design, clothing and feasting.

CONNECTIONS: Our pugilistic politics

Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017 - Are we a country irreconcilably divided? Rather than one issue, we seem unable to discourse rationally about climate change, immigration, health care, taxes, Russian espionage, or the man in the White House.

CONNECTIONS: Words from before the grave

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - Fearing death was near, knowing his minor child would be alone, Campbell wrote a long letter telling the story of his family. He wrote of the unsavory and the decidedly unavailable without a hint of where to turn when orphaned.

CONNECTIONS: Scaling the upper crust

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - America did not invent aristocracy – first we ousted it and then we imitated it. If there is an America form of aristocracy, it is probably celebrity and absolutely wealth itself.

CONNECTIONS: A prize worth fighting for

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 - Boston Corners was a hangout, a resort for fugitives and criminals, located near Mount Washington in a part of Berkshire County that was disputed.

CONNECTIONS: A pillar, a house on the hill, a mystery

Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 - Underledge was built by the Clifford Brothers and it is not a stretch to imagine that one of them carved "1915" into a pillar as they built Underledge, except for one thing: it was not built in 1915.

CONNECTIONS: The Deflector-in-Chief

Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017 - Deflection is accusing another of doing the very thing you are guilty of yourself. The guilty party does this to avoid any investigation or consequence of his own behavior.

CONNECTIONS: Divorce, early 20th-century style

Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 - A married woman had no right to own, buy and sell property separate from her husband. Therefore, if a husband became angry or aggrieved at her wish to separate or divorce, he could simply leave. A deserted wife had no way to support herself.