Sunday, July 09, 2017

Old-time rowdiness …

… Even in the 1700s, Book Clubs Were Really About Drinking and Socializing - Atlas Obscura. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

One club, for instance, had 22 members (including Branwell Brontë, the sole brother of the literary siblings) and met for monthly dinners. “A broad hint of conviviality is given in the rules,” writes Kaufman, “which imposed fines for swearing, for being drunk ‘so that a member be offensive to the company,’ and for unseemly scrambling for books to borrow!”

Dave also sends this: When reading a book was a group activity.

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