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Three Decadent Lives
With Philip Hoare  

Wednesday the 15th of June 2011
Doors at 6 pm, Lecture commences at 7 pm

Philip Hoare will be taking a personal look at the image of decadence, as mediated by three figures: Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Stephen Tennant.  He'll look at how these three men - each dandies in their own eras - both embodied and used the concept of decadence - either to promote, or even to disguise, their  identities.  Did they hide behind caricatures of decadence, giving the public what they expected?  Did they use the decadent image as a positive assertion of their otherness?  Or were they just having fun?

Philip Hoare
Philip Hoare is a writer, known for his biographies of Noel Coward and the decadent aristocrat Stephen Tennant. His latest book, Leviathan, charts his love of whales. In 2009 it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. 'A superb book...This is the book [Philip Hoare] was born to write, a classic of its kind', Rachel Cooke wrote in The Observer. 'In Hoare's hands, whales are almost limitlessly strange and interesting', noted the Sunday Times.

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