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246 pages
The Lutterworth Press
Hardback (January 2024)
ISBN-13 9780718897376
ISBN-10 0718897374
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Literary Studies
Before Tom Brown
The Origins of the School Story
by Robert Kirkpatrick
The use of school life as a closed narrative environment is well documented, and modern examples such as Malory Towers and Harry Potter show the genre's continued appeal. While there have been several histories show more
   about the author

Robert J. Kirkpatrick is the author of several books on children's literature, including The Encyclopaedia of Boys' School Stories (2000), From the Penny Dreadful to the Ha'penny Dreadfuller: show more
   table of contents

1 Early School Dialogues and Texts: From 2500 bc to ad 1000
2 Chaucer's Schoolboy
3 Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Vulgaria and Colloquies
4 Schools and Schoolboys on the Stage

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"This is a rare achievement - a book that ends where all other books on the subject begin! Before Tom Brown traces 2000 unexplored years of the school story, unearthing forgotten texts and manuscripts, show more
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