A humorous weekly magazine and a rather solemn club for intellectuals - you might not expect them to be bosom buddies. Yet these two world-famous London institutions had a surprisingly close relationship for over a century, as we shall explore in this lecture.
Michael Wheeler is a visiting Professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton, which he joined in 1999. He was formerly a Director of the Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University, and subsequently (1999-2001) the Director of Chawton House Library, home of the Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing (1600-1830). He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and University College, London, where his PhD was on Elizabeth Gaskell, and has published extensively on Victorian fiction, the literature and theology of death and the future life, Ruskin, and Roman Catholicism. He is a NADFAS lecturer and a Trustee of St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden. Michael has recently been commissioned to write the official history of the Athenæum Club in relation to British culture and politics since 1824.
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