Lunchtime Lecture: Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame
2 May 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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by Anthony Wysard
late 1920s-early 1930s
Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.
'A child and a king' in the words of one of his closest friends, for much of his life Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame lived multiple existences: fantasist, senior Bank of England bureaucrat, profoundly unhappy husband. His only full-length fiction became one of the bestselling novels of the twentieth century. For Grahame, its significance lay in its combination of escapism and entrenched conservatism, a celebration of bachelor leisure and traditional rural hierarchies. Seasoned biographer Matthew Dennison examines a life of startling bleakness, at the centre of which lies one of the lushest, most enduring idylls in British literature.
Matthew Dennison's books include The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter, Livia, Empress of Rome, Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter and The First Iron Lady: A Life of Caroline of Ansbach. A journalist, he contributes to The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Country Life, and The Spectator.