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The Humanist Society ((Basil) Kingsley Martin; Leo Abse; Ludovic Kennedy; Edward Francis Williams, Baron Francis-Williams; Sir Alfred Jules Ayer; Brigid Antonia Brophy)

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The Humanist Society ((Basil) Kingsley Martin; Leo Abse; Ludovic Kennedy; Edward Francis Williams, Baron Francis-Williams; Sir Alfred Jules Ayer; Brigid Antonia Brophy), by John Hedgecoe, 1966 - NPG P782 - © John Hedgecoe / Topfoto

© John Hedgecoe / Topfoto

The Humanist Society ((Basil) Kingsley Martin; Leo Abse; Ludovic Kennedy; Edward Francis Williams, Baron Francis-Williams; Sir Alfred Jules Ayer; Brigid Antonia Brophy)

by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1966
20 in. x 14 in. (508 mm x 354 mm)
Purchased, 2000
Primary Collection
NPG P782


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Tom Stoppard's first play Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead premiers. This absurdist play uses two minor characters from Hamlet to explore the existential themes of free will verses determinism and the futility of language. Seamus Heany publishes his first volume of poems, Death of a Naturalist.

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