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Forum Club papers

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS D217


One volume of papers read by members of the Forum Club, focused on English and Irish poets and poetic movements, mostly of the 19th and early 20th century.


  • Creation: 1919?


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Forum Club

The Forum Club was founded in 1919 as a women's club under the name the London Centre for Women's Institute Members. Located at 6 Grosvenor Place, the club could accommodate members for overnight stays and contained a dining room, lounge, library, and other communal and working spaces. The club appears to have lapsed by the late 1950s.


1 volume : 162 numbered leaves, original and carbon typescript on front of leaves only, bound in gray cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Spine title: Forum Club Poetry Papers. Bookplate on inside front page states "1919 Forum Club presented by The Poetry Group." ; Volume measures 27 cm tall.

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Scope and Contents

Poets and topics discussed in the papers contained in this volume include James Elroy Flecker, W.B. Yeats, transcendence (focusing on James Elroy Flecker, Rupert Brooke, and Herbert Trench), the "folk mind," George Meredith's poem "Modern Love," Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alice Meynell, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Paper authors included in the volume are L. Jessie Allen, Kathleen Veitch, Gertrude Mount, F.L. Rudston Brown, Mrs. Pawson, and S. Elizabeth Hall. The papers include frequent quotations from the poets the Forum Club members were discussing. Paper titles include "Introduction to a Reading of the poems of James Elroy Flecker"; "Coleridge, the Man and the Poet, Or Some Aspects of the Life of Coleridge"; "The Poems and Plays of W. B. Yeats"; "Modern Love"; "Poetry and the Folk-Mind"; "Two Women Poets: Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Alice Meynell"; "On the Transcendent Note in Modern Poetry"; "Magic Casements"; "Modern Poets and the Sense of Music"; "The Poetry of Marriage" and "Kipling."

Physical Location

MS D217

Custodial History

This volume had been owned by William Reese Company's literature manager Terry Halladay, who picked it up sometime in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, William Reese Company, 2021.

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Forum Club papers, MS D217, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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