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Record Number: 27142


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The meeting then considered the work of H.G. Wells. The chief item of interest was undoubtedly a paper by Henry M. Wallis upon Wells's romances but a better title would be 'A Critique of the Wells Method in Story-writing'. This was certainly one of the ablest papers which H.M.W. has contributed to the Book Club in recent years and gave rise to interesting discussion. R.H. Robson read one of the short stories to illustrate this side of Wells's literary works. Mrs Smith read a paper upon Mankind in the Making and Mary Hayward dealt with the novels, showing by extracts his views upon the English middle class, marriage, social life & religion.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

17 Aug 1917

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Reading
specific address: Grove House

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Elizabeth Ann Smith

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

Quaker or associated with the Friends

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

Members of XII book Club


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Elizabeth Ann Smith

Title:

[paper on 'Mankind in the Making' by Wells]

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

27142

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Ernest E. Unwin

Title:

XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)

Location:

Private Collection

Call No:

n/a

Page/Folio:

35-6

Citation:

Ernest E. Unwin, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)  Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 35-6, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27142, accessed: 22 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php). I assume it was this Mrs [W.H.] Smith as the younger Howard R. Smith is not recorded as having a wife.

   
   
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