Decadent London - with Antony Clayton

Decadent London - with Antony Clayton
 
  6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

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Join us for this entertaining and informative glimpse into a fascinating period of the capital's cultural history.

As the dawn of the twentieth century loomed, London was undergoing tremendous change, establishing itself as the heart of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. However, a diverse group of writers, artist and poets sought to subvert the oppressive cultural and moral atmosphere of the period. This was the city explored by Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Aubrey Beardsley, Frank Harris and Ernest Dowson, together with their less well-known compatriots Lionel Johnson, John Gray, John Davidson and the mysterious Count Stenbock.

In this illustrated talk, Antony will examine these main characters and recreate the atmosphere of the pubs, clubs and music halls of the time and examine the underworld of drug-taking, pornography, prostitution and the occult.

Decadence was subversive indeed...

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About the speaker:

Antony Clayton is the author of Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London , London’s Coffee Houses: a Stimulating Story , The Folklore of London and Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore & Fact .

He also co-edited (with Phil Baker) and contributed to Lord of Strange Deaths: the Fiendish World of Sax Rohmer and wrote Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley , which also featured contributions from David Tibet, Gary Lachman and Andy Sharp.

He lives in Hastings.

Cost: Free of Charge


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2020-09-29 18:30 2020-09-29 18:30 Europe/London Decadent London - with Antony Clayton In this illustrated talk, Antony will examine these main characters and recreate the atmosphere of the pubs, clubs and music halls of the time and examine the underworld of drug-taking, pornography, prostitution and the occult. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/09/29/decadent-london-with-antony-clayton-233711 ,,,

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