Get To Know The Late Felix Dennis

Get To Know The Late Felix Dennis

Publisher Felix Dennis, 67, passed away at home early this week.

Perhaps best known in the UK, Dennis started a publishing empire with Oz Magazineand in recent years has been the driving force behind Maxim as well as The Week. 

In case this is the first you're hearing of him, here are five small remembrances of what was certainly a life lived through-and-through:

1. Dennis claimed to be the first person to say C*** on British television.

2. When Dennis put out a magazine that contained a pornographic version of Rupert the Bear he was put on trial for conspiracy to corrupt public morals. He was defended by lawyer/novelist John Mortimer and eventually acquitted.

3. Dennis' description of his younger self:

...coked-up, overweight, cigarette- smoking, malt-whisky swilling idiot with too much money.

He also listed his interests as:

...planting trees, commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings.

4. On giving up drugs after years of use and describing himself as a "crack connoisseur":

It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done and I have been a far, far happier man ever since, and probably a nicer man.

5. Dennis went on to become a published poet.

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L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami June 24, 2014 - 3:30pm

Its good to see interesting characters in publishing.

A bit confused by the article ending. He was a publisher, did he have to wait to be published? Or was this before self-publishing was a thing?