The life and work of Oscar Wilde will be under discussion at the Towner Art Gallery when the Eastbourne Arts Circle presents a talk celebrating the brilliant author, poet and playwright.
The event will be held on Sunday October 7 from 2pm.
The literary world marks Wilde’s 156th birthday this year. Eastbourne Arts Circle has organised an event that will show the breadth of his literary output, touching upon his poetry, his plays, his witticisms, and his life. Born in Dublin, he wrote such masterpieces as The Picture Of Dorian Grey, and The Importance Of Being Ernest, but was famously imprisoned for his homosexuality and later died in exile in Paris.
This event will celebrate the flamboyance of his ideas and way of life, his genius, his ability to mesmerise his listeners when he read his short stories and his outrageous dress. The French writer Andre Gide commented: “Wilde did not converse, he told tales.”
Overall Wilde had a passion for culture and beautiful things often resulting in amusing but cynical observations, mostly in his plays, which showed his view of the society he was part of. Wilde’s witticisms included, “I think that god, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
Lectures by the Eastbourne Arts Circle are open to the public as well as members. Early booking is advised. Tickets £12 from the Tourist Information Centre or from Sir Philip Anson at 34 Martello Road.
Refreshments are served in the interval.