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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935

Literary Society

Literary Society

This year the meetings of the Literary Society have shown an increase in attendance and en-thusiasm, and the encouraging spirit among the new members has stimulated discussion and debate.

At the first two meetings student speakers read papers and discussed the power and force, emotional and practical, of modern poetry. An appreciative meeting listened with delight to Prof. von Zedlitz's paper—and illustrative side remarks—on "Best Selling Types in Fiction," and a discussion of the power of the novel to portray the perfect woman.

A visit to the Turnbull Library is becoming a recognised part of the Society's activities. This year Mr. Andersen spoke to us about "The Beauty of Books" and Mr. Taylor showed us some rare examples of beautiful printing and binding. The Society has also arranged a series of addresses on drama, the novel, and the short story.

One of the aims of the Literary Society is to encourage the reading of modern literature. Accordingly, several current periodicals are subscribed to, including "International Literature" and "Poetry."

The Society has not, however, confined itself to criticism and appreciation. Its first duty, perhaps, is to encourage creative talent, of which there has been a remarkable dearth of late years in this University. In accordance with this endeavour, the Society has instituted a competition for short stories and original verse. The winning entries of this competition appear in this issue of Spike.