Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Anne Sebba on "That Woman"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

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Wallis Simpson — duchess of Windsor, the woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne, "that woman" in the words of England's Queen Mother — has a new major biographer, and this time (for the first time) it's a woman writing: journalist and author of numerous biographies Anne Sebba. Her book on Simpson is called, appropriately enough, That Woman (St. Martin's Press), and it was reviewed in The New York Times on March 9th. I interviewed Sebba in the March issue of Memphis magazine.

Now's your opportunity to get to hear Anne Sebba when she speaks on the life and times of Wallis Simpson as guest of the Decorative Arts Trust at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Saturday, March 31st, at 10:30 a.m.

No reason to think Sebba won't be a great crowd-pleaser. She was when she spoke before the Decorative Arts Trust in 2008. And she's looking forward to revisiting the city.

As she said when I spoke to her by phone from her home in London: "I've seen a little of Memphis based on my last visit. Not as much as I'd have liked. But when I was there, I had such a lovely time."

Anne Sebba's lecture is free for members of the Decorative Arts Trust and the Brooks; for others, your ticket is the cost of museum admission. For further information, go to the Brooks website.

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