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A night of decadent authors and cocktails

Decadent literature in Britain blossomed in the 1890s around figures such as Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Symons. Under the maxim ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ they often defied moral convention and pursued the limits of sensation, wilfully transgressing Victorian respectability along the way. Come and defy Victorian morality as British Library Publishing Editor Jon Crabb introduces you to the literary Decadents’ major preoccupations of Artifice, Intoxication, Spirituality and Death.

A complimentary cocktail inspired by the ‘decadent’ theme is included in the ticket price.

Please note the lift in the Knowledge Centre will be undergoing refurbishment at the time of this event. If you require lift access, please email or call +44 (0)1937 546060 in advance to arrange additional support.


Name: Decadence
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full price: £12.00
Member: £12.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £8.00
Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546