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Record 25481

Reading Experience:

'The consideration of the Life & work of Wm Morris was opened by the reading of a short account of the Life by Mrs Goadby in which his many activities were passed in review. After some comments Mrs Edminson read the opening verses to the Earthly Paradise the idle singer of an empty day. Miss Goadby followed with an excellent paper entitled "Some Illustrations of Wm Morris's love of nature" which showed a wide knowledge and keen appreciation of the author's works both in prose & verse. After some appreciative remarks Mrs Ridges read a paper on Wm Morris & Socialism in which it was pointed out that the socialism was the direct & logical outcome of his artistic attitude. [this argument is summarised] Some discussion folowed & was hardly concluded at ten o clock when the Chairman called upon A. Rawlings for some remarks on the art of Wm Morris. In two or three minutes a very incomplete statement of Morris's methods & aims was made & a very pleasant evening was brought to a close'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 11 May 1900
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Reading
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:Miss Goadby
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Morris
Title: [poetry and prose]
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 25481  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Alfred Rawlings
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 1 (1895-1915)
  Location: Private Collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 49-51

Citation: Alfred Rawlings, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 1 (1895-1915)  Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 49-51,, accessed: 21 June 2024

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 (



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