Tom Brown's Schooldays

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A classic of Victorian literature, and one of the earliest books written specifically for boys, Tom Brown's Schooldays has long had an influence well beyond the middle-class, public school world that it describes. The book describes Tom's time at Rugby School from his first football match, through his troubled adolescence when he is savagely bullied by the unspeakable Flashman, to his departure for a wider world as a confident young man. This classic tale of a boy's schooldays under the benevolent eye of the renowned Dr Arnold still retains the appeal for which it was acclaimed on its first publication.

Illustrated by Hugh Thomson, with an Afterword by David Stuart Davies.

About Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes was born in Uffington, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) in 1822. In February 1834 he went to Rugby School, which was then under Dr Thomas Arnold, a contemporary of his father at Oriel College, Oxford, and the most influential British schoolmaster of the 19th century. The author's impressions of the headmaster were intensely reverent and in Hughes's novel, Tom Brown's Schooldays (1857) Arnold was idealized as the perfect schoolmaster. In 1842 Hughes went on to Oriel College, Oxford, and graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1845. He was called to the bar in 1848, became Queen's Counsel in 1869 and a bencher in 1870, and was appointed to a county court judgeship in the Chester district in July 1882. He was elected to Parliament as a Liberal for Lambeth (1865-68), and for Frome (1868-74). Hughes also wrote The Scouring of the White Horse (1859), Tom Brown at Oxford (1861), and several non-fiction works including Religio Laici (1868), Life of Alfred the Great (1869). He died in 1896 aged 73.

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