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Erica Wagner

Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Erica Wagner

Saturday, 14 October 2017

4:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Indian Room

£6 - £12

Event in association with

Writer and critic Erica Wagner looks at the life and achievements of the engineer Washington Roebling, who built New York’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

Wagner, born and brought up in New York, explains how the bridge was originally conceived by Roebling’s father but built by Roebling himself. She shows how Roebling’s efforts building bridges for the Union Army during the civil war played a part in the bridge that has linked Brooklyn and Manhattan for more than 130 years. And she offers an engaging portrait both of a brilliant and driven man and of a particular era in New York’s history.

Wagner is consulting literary editor of Harper’s Bazaar and author of Gravity: Stories; Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure: A Novel. She was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and has twice been a judge of the Booker prize.

This event is one of a series devoted to writers past and present associated with Harper’s Bazaar to mark the 150th anniversary of the magazine.

Biography & Memoir

Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock
 

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film & Music 2018 partners & sponsors

Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock