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An exclusive intellectual society formed in Cambridge in 1820, for the purpose of friendship and formal discussion. During the 19th‐cent. members included A. Hallam, Tennyson, Milnes, and R. C. Trench, and the 20th cent. saw a new age of brilliance, largely inspired by the influence of G. E. Moore, with members such as Keynes, Strachey, B. Russell, L. Woolf, and E. M. Forster. Members are elected for life.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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