September 10: Chip Bishop: “Quentin and Flora”

  • Wednesday, September 10: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Chip Bishop discusses his book “Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War”

For the first time, the compelling tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney, is told in rich and absorbing detail by New York Times Bestselling-Author Chip Bishop. At the ebb of the Gilded Age, young Quentin is the scion of America most celebrated political family. And lovely Flora is the privileged daughter of the Whitneys and the Vanderbilts, two of the nation’s richest dynasties. The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of the Great War in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight – he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport. His childhood precociousness charms the nation and parallels Flora’s envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and personal unfaithfulness. Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, challenged by the danger of war and a vast and perilous ocean. Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful dreams and desires, and partake in the agony of their separation amid encircling, high-level political intrigue.

  • Wednesday, September 10: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Chip Bishop discusses his book “Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War”

For the first time, the compelling tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney, is told in rich and absorbing detail by New York Times Bestselling-Author Chip Bishop. At the ebb of the Gilded Age, young Quentin is the scion of America most celebrated political family. And lovely Flora is the privileged daughter of the Whitneys and the Vanderbilts, two of the nation’s richest dynasties. The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of the Great War in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight – he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport. His childhood precociousness charms the nation and parallels Flora’s envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and personal unfaithfulness. Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, challenged by the danger of war and a vast and perilous ocean. Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful dreams and desires, and partake in the agony of their separation amid encircling, high-level political intrigue.