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The Way We Were: Losing my virginity

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   January 2017

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kiss in a scene in From Here to Eternity (1953) ©John Springer Collection/Corbis/Corbis via getty Images

In 1956 art critic Brian Sewell, then a student at the Courtauld, guided four rich American women on a tour of Paris:

“I decided to skip dinner with my charges; instead I bought a picnic—snails and salami, fruit, bread and wine—and took it to my tiny attic room.

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