[W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender and other members of The Mermaid Club; printed] Menu The Mermaid Club Oxford [insignia with image of a mermaid] | Trinity Term Dinner | At the Elizabeth Restaurant [Oxford] | Tuesday, 12 June, 1956

W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender and other members of The Mermaid Club
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Oxford, 12 June 1956.
SKU: 23364

[8]pp. including card covers, 12mo, some damp- staining not interfering with text, faint foxing. Verso of front cover signed: Stephen Spender and Wystan Auden, with the signatures of seven others (presumably the undergraduate members whose guests Auden and Spender were). The printed text includes lines from Keats, p.[1], concluding with the Mermaid Tavern, the menu, p.[2], (Avocado Pear, Tournedos Monaco, Seagull' Eggs, etc), a page entitled Expositor with the application of quotes from literature to the various courses (Tournedos Monaco; If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well), final page the Toasts, including 'Souls of Poets Dead and Gone'. Note: Bodleian Catalogue entry for the Papers and Minutes of the Club, The Oxford University Mermaid Club was a small undergraduate society founded in 1902 for reading 16th- and 17th-century English drama. The Club went into abeyance during both World Wars and was 'revived' at various dates.