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The Athenaeum: More Than Just Another London Club

Michael Wheeler

Abstract

When it was founded in 1824, the Athenæum broke the mold. Unlike in other preeminent clubs, its members were chosen on the basis of their achievements rather than on their background or political affiliation. Public rather than private life dominated the agenda. The club, with its tradition of hospitality to conflicting views, has attracted leading scientists, writers, artists, and intellectuals throughout its history, including Charles Darwin and Matthew Arnold, Edward Burne-Jones and Yehudi Menuhin, Winston Churchill and Gore Vidal. This book is not presented in the traditional, insular styl ... More

Keywords: Athenæum, public life, conflicting views, Athenians, political influence, intellectual influence, cultural influence, preeminent clubs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300246773
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300246773.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Wheeler, author
University of Southampton

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