The Decadent Aubrey Beardsley | In-Person In Conversation with Margaret D. Stetz and Mark Samuels Lasner

Date / Time

  • March 30, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


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2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Aubrey Beardsley’s birth and the Rosenbach will celebrate by hosting a discussion with Margaret D. Stetz and Mark Samuels LasnerBefore dying of tuberculosis at age 26, Aubrey Beardsley authored a thousand radical designs that shattered precedent and penned a decadent erotic novel that is yet to be fully appreciated—the manuscript of which, written mainly in violet ink, resides at The Rosenbach along with original Beardsley artwork.  

About the Speakers

Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. Dr. Stetz received her B. A. from Queens College, CUNY; an M. A. from the University of Sussex, UK; and an M. A. and PhD from Harvard University. She is author of more than 100 published essays on subjects ranging from Victorian art and print culture, to neo-Victorian literature and film, to women and war, to fashion. 

Mark Samuels Lasner is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library and legendary collector of work by late-Victorian writers and artists. 

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A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation With The Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers audience members a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions.

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