Tom Brown's Schooldays, Paperback Book
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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. An active social reformer, Hughes wrote with a freshness, a lack of cant, and a kind, relaxed tolerance which keeps this novel refreshingly distinct from other schoolboy adventures.

This edition is the only one available, and comes with the outstanding 1869 illustrations by Arthur Hughes.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, black and white illustrations by Arthur Hughes
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199537303

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Tom Brown's Schooldays offers the reader insight into childhood in the early nineteenth century and the public school system in England. It may very well be the first novel written specifically for a young, male audience, which might explain why I was unable to enjoy it. Nonetheless, it was interesting to find out from a contemporary about Matthew Arnold's father (headmaster at Rugby).
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This classic portrayal of life at Victorian public school was immensely entertaining. True, at times it occasionally veered towards the sanctimonious, and the depth of Tom's sorrow upon hearing of the death of his former headmaster seems highly exaggerated to the modern reader.The odious Flashman, the rather too pious Arthur and the rumbustious East are all marvellously drawn, and the eponymous hero bestrides them all as he passes from nervous, innocent new boy to captain of the cricket eleven, taking everything that Flashman, the local gamekeepers and the watchful teachers can throw at him.

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