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Record 27847

Reading Experience:

'Mr Geo Burrow read a paper on George Sand indicating her semi-patrician origin & the County surroundings in which she lived. We were given some indication of her passionate nature & of how the various subjects of her passion were first adored on a pedestal & then fell through successive states to one of severe criticism if not contempt. The apt epigram was quoted that "George Sand did not behave as a perfect Gentleman". Readings as under from her work were then given, bringing out her love of country life & her considerable powers of descriptive writing, also the romantic cast of her tales. From Tillage of the Soil Celia Burrow Consuelo H.R. Smith The Devil's Pool C.E. Stansfield Countess of Rudolfstadt F.E. Reynolds'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 6 Feb 1924
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
specific address: Ashton Lodge
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 Stansfield
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1865
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: George Sand
Title: Devil's Pool, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: presumably in translation
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 27847  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Howard R. Smith
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)
  Location: Private Collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 128-9

Citation: Howard R. Smith, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31) Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 128-9,, 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 (



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