Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant

(Hamish Hamilton / Penguin USA, 1990).

A seductive biography of the last professional exquisite.

‘Witty and amazing … both scholarly and hilarious at the same time’.
John Waters, New York Times.

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@103Polly fantastic. I wrote about these wondrous beasts here: t.co/4WCQR10ue1

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Thomas Merton goes to Provincetown, 1921- painting by his father, Owen @tmcpgh @thomasmerton @theukuleledivat.co/AU6d73pW09

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photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in her greenhouse in the sea light of Freshwater Bay the orphaned Prince Ala… t.co/HYOxmlEls5

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Freshwater: soaring over the Pre-Raphaelite seascape, peregrines fly like Tennyson's familiars; purple and slate storm clouds rise as cliffs