Minutes of the meeting of the XII Book Club held 13 Mar 1944

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"Meeting held at School House. 13th March 1944<br/>     J. Knox Taylor in the chair.<br/> 1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.<br/> <br/> [...]<br/> <br/> 4. The chairman informed us that the committee had decided that Kenneth Nicholson’s discourse on ‘The Novel’ was likely to be sufficiently provocative, with interruptions and comments, to occupy the whole evening. They had therefore arranged a few readings from novels but no other 5 minute essays or speeches.<br/> <br/> 5. Kenneth Nicholson, protesting that he had most unwillingly, had this greatness thrust upon him, proceeded to expound the most interesting theory that the novel, as a form of literature, had been born in the middle of the 18th Century, flourished through the C19th and declined in the C20th. He held that although a great number of novels are still being written, they are of little worth and are being read less and less by persons of culture & discernment. For the rising generation, the wireless and the cinema have taken the place of the novel in providing such entertainment, & what reading they do, is of a much less serious nature.<br/> <br/> A lively discussion took place both during and after Kenneth Nicholson’s discourse, in which many members both criticised and opposed his theories.<br/> <br/> 6. Frank Knight read from Wm. de Morgan’s “Alice for Short”. Although this book was written in 1907 the reading was much enjoyed, & many members confessed to a great liking for De Morgan’s novels.<br/> <br/> 7. Elsie Harrod read from “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier – an even more recent publication — and again our interest was caught and held.<br/> <br/> 8. It was getting late, and asked to cho[o]se, for the last reading, between “How Green was my Valley”, “Precious Bane” and “The ordeal of Richard Feverel” members chose the latter. By request, Knox Taylor read the well known love scene entitled ‘Ferdinand and Miranda’. This novel was written in 1859 when the art of novel-writing was (according to the theory laid down this evening) at its height. But somehow it touched our sense of humour instead of our deeper emotions, and Knox Taylor finding himself unable to finish the chapter, the meeting dissolved amid general laughter."

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This is the reading, possibly brief and cursory, implied by the Chair's act of signing the minutes. It probably followed immediately after listening to the public reading of the minutes by the Secretary.<br/> Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

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Wallis, Rosamund
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&lt;br/&gt;
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wireless and the cinema have taken the place of the novel in providing such 
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&lt;br/&gt;
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&lt;br/&gt;
6. Frank Knight read from Wm. de Morgan’s “Alice for Short”. Although this book 
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&lt;br/&gt;
7.  Elsie Harrod read from “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier – an even more recent 
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&lt;br/&gt;
8. It was getting late, and asked to cho[o]se, for the last reading, between “How 
Green was my Valley”, “Precious Bane” and “The ordeal of Richard Feverel” 
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Minutes of the meeting of the XII Book Club held 13 Mar 1944

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"Meeting held at School House. 13th March 1944<br/>     J. Knox Taylor in the chair.<br/> 1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.<br/> <br/> [...]<br/> <br/> 4. The chairman informed us that the committee had decided that Kenneth Nicholson’s discourse on ‘The Novel’ was likely to be sufficiently provocative, with interruptions and comments, to occupy the whole evening. They had therefore arranged a few readings from novels but no other 5 minute essays or speeches.<br/> <br/> 5. Kenneth Nicholson, protesting that he had most unwillingly, had this greatness thrust upon him, proceeded to expound the most interesting theory that the novel, as a form of literature, had been born in the middle of the 18th Century, flourished through the C19th and declined in the C20th. He held that although a great number of novels are still being written, they are of little worth and are being read less and less by persons of culture & discernment. For the rising generation, the wireless and the cinema have taken the place of the novel in providing such entertainment, & what reading they do, is of a much less serious nature.<br/> <br/> A lively discussion took place both during and after Kenneth Nicholson’s discourse, in which many members both criticised and opposed his theories.<br/> <br/> 6. Frank Knight read from Wm. de Morgan’s “Alice for Short”. Although this book was written in 1907 the reading was much enjoyed, & many members confessed to a great liking for De Morgan’s novels.<br/> <br/> 7. Elsie Harrod read from “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier – an even more recent publication — and again our interest was caught and held.<br/> <br/> 8. It was getting late, and asked to cho[o]se, for the last reading, between “How Green was my Valley”, “Precious Bane” and “The ordeal of Richard Feverel” members chose the latter. By request, Knox Taylor read the well known love scene entitled ‘Ferdinand and Miranda’. This novel was written in 1859 when the art of novel-writing was (according to the theory laid down this evening) at its height. But somehow it touched our sense of humour instead of our deeper emotions, and Knox Taylor finding himself unable to finish the chapter, the meeting dissolved amid general laughter."

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England
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    J. Knox Taylor in the chair.&lt;br/&gt;
1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
[...]&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
4. The chairman informed us that the committee had decided that Kenneth 
Nicholson’s discourse on ‘The Novel’ was likely to be sufficiently provocative, with 
interruptions and comments, to occupy the whole evening. They had therefore 
arranged a few readings from novels but no other 5 minute essays or speeches.&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
5. Kenneth Nicholson, protesting that he had most unwillingly, had this greatness 
thrust upon him, proceeded to expound the most interesting theory that the novel, 
as a form of literature, had been born in the middle of the 18th Century, flourished 
through the C19th and declined in the C20th. He held that although a great number 
of novels are still being written, they are of little worth and are being read less 
and less by persons of culture &amp; discernment. For the rising generation, the 
wireless and the cinema have taken the place of the novel in providing such 
entertainment, &amp; what reading they do, is of a much less serious nature.&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
A lively discussion took place both during and after Kenneth Nicholson’s discourse, 
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&lt;br/&gt;
6. Frank Knight read from Wm. de Morgan’s “Alice for Short”. Although this book 
was written in 1907 the reading was much enjoyed, &amp; many members confessed to 
a great liking for De Morgan’s novels.&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
7.  Elsie Harrod read from “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier – an even more recent 
publication — and again our interest was caught and held.&lt;br/&gt;
&lt;br/&gt;
8. It was getting late, and asked to cho[o]se, for the last reading, between “How 
Green was my Valley”, “Precious Bane” and “The ordeal of Richard Feverel” 
members chose the latter. By request, Knox Taylor read the well known love 
scene entitled ‘Ferdinand and Miranda’. This novel was written in 1859 when the 
art of novel-writing was (according to the theory laid down this evening) at its 
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