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Prep school children [electronic resource] : a class apart over two centuries / Vyvyen Brendon.

By: Brendon, Vyvyen.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2009Description: 1 online resource (x, 246 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill.ISBN: 9781441121868 (electronic bk.); 1441121862 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Preparatory schools -- Great Britain | Preparatory school students -- Great Britain -- Social conditions | Preparatory school students -- Psychology | Education | EDUCATION -- Secondary | Preparatory school | Sch�uler | Gro�britannienGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Prep school children.DDC classification: 373.2220941 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : how would you know? -- A little roughing it : Georgian boys' schools -- The only way to bring up boys : Victorian prep schools -- Three stumps, one wicket : late Victorian and Edwardian heyday -- Too young to gird the sword : the First World War -- All the ghastly smells of school : the inter-war period -- How to be Topp : the post-war world -- Boiled mince and incense : the swinging sixties -- The Harry Potter effect : modern prep schools -- The most potent memory of my life : the effects of the prep school experience.
Summary: Since the days when nine-year-old Tom Brown set off by stage coach to be prepared for entry to Rugby, middle-class British boys have been sent away to prep school. Here children aged seven to thirteen have been systematically groomed for public school, for gentlemanly life, for military service, for colonial rule and for worldly or, in the case of Harry Potter, wizardly success. In a compelling and sometimes shocking account, Vyvyen Brendon dwells not on the adult purposes behind a peculiarly British institution but on the lives of the children. More than two hundred youngsters appear in these.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-236) and index.

Introduction : how would you know? -- A little roughing it : Georgian boys' schools -- The only way to bring up boys : Victorian prep schools -- Three stumps, one wicket : late Victorian and Edwardian heyday -- Too young to gird the sword : the First World War -- All the ghastly smells of school : the inter-war period -- How to be Topp : the post-war world -- Boiled mince and incense : the swinging sixties -- The Harry Potter effect : modern prep schools -- The most potent memory of my life : the effects of the prep school experience.

Since the days when nine-year-old Tom Brown set off by stage coach to be prepared for entry to Rugby, middle-class British boys have been sent away to prep school. Here children aged seven to thirteen have been systematically groomed for public school, for gentlemanly life, for military service, for colonial rule and for worldly or, in the case of Harry Potter, wizardly success. In a compelling and sometimes shocking account, Vyvyen Brendon dwells not on the adult purposes behind a peculiarly British institution but on the lives of the children. More than two hundred youngsters appear in these.

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