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Record 30061

Reading Experience:


Meeting held at School House, L.P. :- 28. v. 37.

  C. E. Stanfield in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read & approved


4. Charles Stansfield then read a biographical sketch of Shelley, followed by an estimate of Shelley’s views and character.

5. Readings were then given by the following
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty by Mary Pollard
Prometheus Unbound by Reginald Robson
Ode to the West Wind by Elizabeth Alexander
Adonaïs by Victor Alexander.

These were all discussed; and a further short reading, from William Watson’s poetry, was given by Alfred Rawlings.

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 28 May 1937
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:Charles E. Stansfield
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1865
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Retired schoolmaster, then administrator
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: Charles E. Stansfield
Title: [a biographical sketch of Percy Bysshe Shelley with an estimate of his views and character]
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Biography
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 30061  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Victor Alexander
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 187

Citation: Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938) private collection, p. 187,, accessed: 04 March 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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