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Record 27142

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 23 March 2023

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 ( 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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