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The AthenaeumMore Than Just Another London Club$
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Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300246773

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300246773.001.0001

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Strangers and brothers

Strangers and brothers

(p.159) 7 Strangers and brothers
The Athenaeum

Michael Wheeler

Yale University Press

This chapter addresses how, from 1890 to 1914, the Athenæum changed its system of governance and made modifications to the clubhouse. Strenuous efforts were also made, however, to resist proposed changes to the Athenæum's policy on the most controversial subject in Clubland: the admission of 'strangers'. During a period of prosperity for the club, it focused instead upon reaffirming its identity as the leading literary club in London and celebrating the success of its most eminent members. The Athenæum's 'premier position' had been confirmed at the turn of the twentieth century when some of its most gifted members were garlanded with newly established prizes and honours. Honours and awards were bestowed upon individual Athenians so frequently, by the monarch or by learned societies and universities at home and abroad, that the club did not celebrate their successes in any overt way.

Keywords:   Athenæum, Athenæum clubhouse, member admission, literary club, London, Athenians

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