Celebrated event brings premier authors, led by Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer, to Althorp for annual event

June 4, 2012, High Point, N.C. – Luxury furnishings manufacturer, Theodore Alexander, is partnering with the esteemed British estate, Althorp, for the Althorp Literary Festival, taking place June 15-17.  This is the ninth year of the Festival which takes place on the grounds of the 500-year-old ancestral home of the Spencers, one of the most distinguished, aristocratic families in England.

Theodore Alexander is one of eight sponsors of this year’s event, and will present celebrated biographer, Claire Tomalin, as she discusses her highly anticipated biography, Charles Dickens: A Life.  In this, the bicentenary of his birth, Tomalin paints an unforgettable portrait of Charles Dickens.  From his unpromising beginnings in a blacking factory to his burial in Westminster Abbey, she captures the life and complex character of this great genius.

Theodore Alexander is the exclusive manufacturer of the Althorp Living History collection of furniture and accents inspired by or reproduced from many of the important furnishings collected by the Spencer family throughout history.  

Other sponsors include Christie’s as principal sponsor, Schroders Personal Banking, Brights of Nettlebed, Hillgate Travel, Holywell, Soundsmith and the Huffington Post UK.

“The Festival embodies many of the rich traditions and immense heritage of Althorp and the Spencer family,” noted Theodore Alexander’s CEO, Harvey Dondero, “Lord Spencer has created an event that reflects this beautiful estate not only as an historical monument but showcasing it as the warm, inviting family home that it is, preserving its legacy of history, art, and culture in a decidedly modern fashion.”

In addition to more than 25 authors, the Festival includes performances by numerous musical acts, seminars on the future of digital publishing and blogging, and opportunities for attendees to take brunch or champagne afternoon tea in the House.

Spencer, a noted author in his own right, founded the Althorp Literary Festival in 2003.  At this year’s event, he will debut his newest book, Impressions of Althorp: My Spencer Heritage, covering the 20 years since Spencer inherited Althorp, during which time the house celebrated its 500th birthday, and received the most complete restoration project in over two centuries.  More importantly, it tells the story of how he has learned to balance maintaining Althorp as a place of history, with its continuing role as a family home.

Althorp has been home to 19 consecutive generations of the Spencer family and the addition of a Festival of Literature is entirely in keeping with the history and heritage of the house.  George John, Second Earl Spencer, built up a library that was one of the finest private collections of books in Europe.  Although not simply a classical collection, it was extraordinarily rare and included Papal Letters of Indulgence from 1452, the first edition of the “Mazarin” Bible of 1455, the Mentz Psalter of 1457 and 57 original Caxton Bibles.

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