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Record 29878

Reading Experience:


Meeting held at School House, L. P. : 13.9.35

Francis E. Pollard in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read and approved.

2. Account of the Excursion, contributed by R. H. Robson, read and approved.


7. We then listened to a number of extracts from books read during the summer.


8. F. E. Pollard followed with an analysis of Dante and his philosophy from H. A. L. Fisher’s History of Europe. There was a rather arresting comparison between the journeyings of Christian in the Pilgrim’s Progress + Dante’s Voyage of the Soul. Dante was portrayed as an aristocratic mystic and statesman, and the Roman Catholic Church appeared rather unexpectedly as a great mystical democracy owing to the melancholy relegation of several Pope to Hell.

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 13 Sep 1935
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: School House, Leighton Park School
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Francis E. Pollard
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1872
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Formerly schoolmaster, now occasional lecturer and supply teacher, and supported also by wife's unearned income
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of the XII Book Club
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: H. A. L. Fisher
Title: History of Europe
Genre: Other religious, History, Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First edition (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1935)
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 29878  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Victor Alexander
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 147–149

Citation: Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938) private collection, p. 147–149,, accessed: 19 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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