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A BOOK ABOUT SCHOOLS

BY THE SAME AUTHOR:

A BOOK ABOUT AUTHORS Reflections and Recollections of a

Bookwright.

PRICE 3/6 NET " A whole series of books in one, including a 'Short History of Authors' from Homer and the Sybil to Dickens and Thackeray; a brief survey of publishing through the ages, from the days of the Ancients upwards . .

and separate chapters on the quarrels, anatomy and trade of authors."-Atheneum.

An instructive, interesting and enlightening volume, one that is rich in temperament and in literary experience, and wherein the numerous quotations and references show very wide reading."-Pall Mall Gazette.

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“We have read it with delight, and with a sense of an intimate talk with an old and valued friend."-Academy.

“To whom, besides its writer, will it appeal ? First, to aspiring authors. It will not flout them out of their humour any more than Isaac Disraeli's work on a like subject ever did or would. Such will lend a ready ear to this veteran craftsman as he discourses of so much that must affect their lives. Second, to those that have a curiosity about the career of letters, while not following it themselves.”-Saturday Review.

PUBLISHED BY A. & C. BLACK, LTD.,

4, 5 & 6 SOHO SQUARE, W.1.

ABOUT SCHOOLS

SCHOOLBOYS, SCHOOLMASTERS

AND SCHOOLBOOKS

By
A. R. HOPE MONCRIEFF
Author of A Book about Authors, Bonnie Scotland,

The Highlands and Islands, etc., etc.

A. & C. BLACK LTD.
4, 5 & 6 SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W.

1925

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PREFACE

This book does not pretend to be a formal treatise on education, and by no means deals with the various theories, systems and schemes among which our generation finds itself somewhat perplexed. Its aim, one hardly yet attempted in prose or rhyme, is to interest scholars as well as teachers in what can be told of their ways, doings and sufferings from the days of Cyrus and Socrates to those of Dickens and Dr. Arnold. Its materials have been raked together from a scattered mass of accounts, rare narratives, casual hints, autobiographies, anecdotes and even truthful fiction where such becomes available for illustrating fact, the whole so handled as to make mémoires pour servir for a History of Schools.

The author may at least claim to have given long attention to his theme. Ever since his own schooldays—which did little for him beyond the scraping à not very lively acquaintance with two dead languages and some information requiring to be afterwards unlearned—he has been engaged in educating himself, and became led into an interest in schools, if rather from an outsider's point of view. To gather straw for bricks used in certain edifices of his own, he has read all he can find on the subject in several languages, and has written a good deal indirectly bearing upon it. In more than one country, myriads of young learners, groaning over their lesson-books, might execrate his name, did they but know it. Half a century ago he was part editor and proprietor of the Journal of Education,

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