Tom Brown's Schooldays

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. 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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 35.56mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black and white illustrations by Arthur Hughes
  • 0192835351
  • 9780192835352
  • 1,168,986

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At different stages of my reading life there have been three Toms: Jones, Brown, Sawyer; two English, one American. On my eighth Christmas my mother said, Do you want that book? when she found me fingering a copy of Tom Brown's Schooldays in the Limerick Woolworth's. Do you want it? she said, and I didn't know what to say because the cover said sixpence and even though I knew that would be a sacrifice I said, Yes, I want it. Along with the price on the cover of this pulp copy there was a picture of boys in school uniforms, caps and blazers, they looked rosy-cheeked and jolly in the English way of public school chaps. My father didn't want me to read that book at all. He said I should be reading something Irish, something about the men who did their bit and died for Ireland, till my mother invited him to get off his arse and find such a patriotic book at Woolworth's. He declined and by the light of a candle I struggled through the novel that led me in coming years to other novels of English public schools, to a series called Study Thirteen, where young chaps fagged for older chaps and a fellow always invited chaps to his room for the Billy Bunter basket of tuck and where, no matter what a rotter a chap was, he always got his comeuppance and the enlightenment that led him to a life of service in the Empire. Review by Frank McCourt, whose books include 'Angela's Ashes' (Kirkus UK)show more

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