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The Oscar Wilde Society has an exciting and diverse programme of events all year round. We organise lectures, readings, and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him. We also aim to highlight other events of interest which are organised by other entities.

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Annual Summer Lunch at Magdalen College (Members & their guests)

July 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£66 – £76

12:15 pm for Pimms or fruit juice in the Chaplain’s Quad
followed by
Lunch at 13:00 in the New Rooms

Lunch will be followed by a talk by Dr Anne Anderson: Inventing Oscar: George Du Maurier and Oscar Wilde.

Upon noticing Wilde and Du Maurier, at an exhibition of his works, Whistler is said to have quipped: ‘Which of you two discovered the other?’
‘We have both discovered you’, was Wilde’s retort. Du Maurier certainly referenced both Whistler and Wilde in his cartoons, through Maudle the painter and Jellaby Postlethewaite the poet. Conversely it has been suggested Wilde based his aesthetic persona on Du Maurier’s caricatures. But when did Du Maurier discover Wilde? Although Wilde’s features disappear just as suddenly as Maudle and Postlethwaite from the pages of Punch, the prose vitroil reaches a peak with his American tour. Mr Punch certainly ‘discovered’ that Wilde made a good copy.

In order to keep costs down and responding to members’ comments, the lunch will have two pricings:

  • £66 per person with fruit juice in the Quad and table water with the meal
  • OR £76 per person with Pimms in the Quad and wine with the lunch

Please note: drinks are not available to by on the day at Magdalen.

When booking, please indicate which pricing you want and please say if you require a vegetarian meal or have any other dietary requirements.

The private dining room has limited space, so place will be allocated strictly in order of payment. In order to finalise details with Magdalen the last date to book a place is 5 July.

Payment is preferred by PayPal to, or by cheque made to (The Oscar Wilde Society) to Geoff Dibb at: 29 Oxford Road, St John’s, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3LB.
If paying by Paypal, please inform Geoff. If you have any questions, also send them to him.




July 21, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£66 – £76
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Magdalen College Oxford
Oxford, OX1 4AU United Kingdom + Google Map

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