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Record 27261

Reading Experience:

'The main business of the evening was then proceeded with - 5 mins essays upon some book read recently. Mrs Evans read 'An English Lumber Camp' - from internal evidence it is probably true that this was an essay drawn from real life rather than from any book read. It was a magnificent literary effort in the author's best style. Perhaps more of 'H.M.W.' than 'Ashton Hillier'. Mrs Smith read a paper upon 'The Garden of Survival' a book by Alg. Blackwood. The paper gave rise to much interest. The extraordinary beauty of the extracts read from the book and the insight into the spiritual meaning of 'Guidance' displayed by the author impressed us all. Ernest E. Unwin read a paper on 'The End of a Chapter' by Shane Leslie - this paper was written by H.M. Wallis & introduced most of us to a new writer of power. The change in the world, in the balance of the classes & their future importance formed the theme of the book. Mary Hayward described her discovery of 'The Story of my Heart' by Richard Jefferies & read some extracts from it.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 20 Dec 1918
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
specific address: 'The Lawn', Upper Redland Rd
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: [a member of the XII Book Club]
Title: [paper on Blackwood's 'The Garden of Survival']
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 27261  
  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: 58-9

Citation: Ernest E. Unwin, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31) Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 58-9,, accessed: 25 July 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 ( These essays were not necessarily read by their authors. I assume it was this Mrs Smith (wife of W.H.) as Howard Smith does not have a wife listed as co-member



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