The Mark Rutherford Society
The aims of the Mark Rutherford Society are to:
- Unite all those who appreciate the work of Mark Rutherford.
- Encourage publishers to make all the Mark Rutherford novels and other writings available in print.
- Produce a scholarly journal devoted to the study of the work of Mark Rutherford.
- Hold conferences as appropriate to present the results of study and to bring together those who appreciate Mark Rutherford.
- Publish the proceedings in the society's journal.
Membership of the Mark Rutherford Society (William Hale White) costs £10.00 a year. New members will receive the most recent newsletter with their membership and any back copies that are available.
To join, please send a cheque payable to Mark Rutherford Society for £10 for your first year's subscription. Subscriptions are renewable on 1st June each year. Members joining after 1st January need only pay £5 for the first year.
Your cheque together with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address should be sent to:
Membership Secretary, Mark Rutherford Society
1 Colleton Hill
Tel: 01392 493559
July 2009 Society newsletter
The officers of the Mark Rutherford Society are:
- President: John Hale-White
- Chair: Mark Crees
- Secretary: Nick Wilde
- Treasurer: John Monks
- Website Administrator: David French
William Hale White's Observations on Literary Societies
I duly attended the meeting of the Wordsworth Society, and must confess I was more than ever convinced of the folly of these assemblies. All the papers are read, and what purpose can be served by sitting and listening to people reading for hours documents which are going to be printed, I cannot imagine.
Mr Browning was present, and there was a touch of irony in his silence, whilst half-a-dozen persons, whose names we hardly knew were discoursing on matters indifferent, including what had been picked up from the old butcher boy whom Wordsworth honoured with their orders for mutton or beef. If butcher boys find their observations upon the families whose areas they visit are saleable in literature we shall have some remarkable discoveries. While the butcher boy's revelations were being promulgated, Mr. Browning, as I have said, was dumb.
If he would but have told us what were his thoughts of Wordsworth, I should not have grudged the loss of time. I very much doubt whether these new-fangled personal societies are not the cause of much harm, and whether they really promote genuine sympathy with and love of their centre. That they provoke an immensity of vanity is only too obvious.
From Our London Letter, May 13th 1882