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Record 27371

Reading Experience:

'The rest of the evening was given to Edmund Gosse. H.M. Wallis spoke about Edmund Gosse the man & his work for the public services, & the conflict of personalities as shown in 'Father & Son' & his great interest in the Scandinavian peoples. Miss Marriage gave some very interesting readings from '2 Visits to Denmark' 'The Episode of the Plum Pudding served in a Tureen' & the dear lady who remarked "It brings the dear English nation so near to one". Ed. Gosse has also done great work as a critic - one sentence which fell from relation to Swinburne. "A drunken monkey who gave utterance to the songs of angels". C.I. Evans spoke upon the Poems. These belong to the period round about 1872 & are frankly of that period & makeup. Perhaps versifying would be the best term to use as they do not quite rank as poetry.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 20 Nov 1919
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:Charles Evans
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1870
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: Edmund Gosse
Title: [poetry]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 27371  
  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: 68-9

Citation: Ernest E. Unwin, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31) Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 68-9,, accessed: 02 July 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 (



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