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Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity with Greg Jenner

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Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who launched a violent feud with her former best friend; or Edmund Kean, the dazzling Shakespearean actor whose monstrous ego and terrible alcoholism saw him nearly murdered by his own audience - the list of stars whose careers burned bright before the Age of Television is extensive and thrillingly varied.

To celebrate the paperback release of Dead Famous (18 March), Greg Jenner brings this vibrant talk which reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, as he assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople and more, to search for its historical roots.

Greg Jenner is a public historian, broadcaster, and bestselling author, and an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the Historical Consultant to BBC's Emmy & multiple BAFTA award-winning Horrible Histories TV series, and was a key member of the team on Horrible Histories: The Move - Rotten Romans.

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