Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceStandards & Testing · 10 years ago

What are the compulsory literature books in England?

I'm from Hungary, and I'm quite fond of England and literature. Could you please send me a link or something what books/poems/etc. everybody must read in high school+in universities (I mean in English literature major)?

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    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Notable examples of the school story include:

    Charles Dickens's serialized novel Nicholas Nickleby (1838)

    Charlotte Brontë's novels Jane Eyre (1847) and Villette (1853)

    Thomas Hughes's novel Tom Brown's Schooldays (1857)

    Frederic W. Farrar's Eric, or, Little by Little (1858), a particularly religious and moralistic treatment of the theme

    P.G. Wodehouse's novel Mike and Psmith (1909)

    Talbot Baines Reed's The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's (1887), written for the "Boy's Own Paper" (which also published many other boarding school stories) and distributed by the Religious Tract Society

    Most of the oeuvre of Angela Brazil (early twentieth century)

    Rudyard Kipling's novel Stalky & Co (1899)

    Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel A Little Princess (1905)

    Horace Annesley Vachell's novel The Hill (1905), set at Harrow School

    Frank Richards's long-running series Billy Bunter (from 1908)

    Australian novelist Henry Handel Richardson's coming of age novel, The Getting of Wisdom (1910)

    Jean Webster's Daddy Long Legs (1912) is set in a women's residential college with dormitory life, but the chaperonage standards of that era do give the school something of a pre-college feeling.

    Hugh Walpole's novel Jeremy at Crale (1927)

    Antonia White's Frost in May (1933), a Catholic "convent school"

    Erich Kästner's The Flying Classroom (Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer) (1933) is a conspicuous non-British example.

    James Hilton's novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934) centers on a teacher, rather than on the pupils

    George Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys" (1946 or 1947) is an exceptionally bitter recollection of boarding school life. Not fiction.

    Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, St. Clare's and the Naughtiest Girl series of children's novels

    Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series of children's novels

    Antonia Forest's Marlow family stories, four of which are set at the fictional Kingscote School for Girls

    Anthony Buckeridge's Jennings series of children's stories (from 1950)

    Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) has much of a "feel" of a boarding-school novel, although Marcia Blaine School for Girls is actually a day school.

    Geoffrey Willans' Nigel Molesworth series (illustrated by Ronald Searle)

    Ronald Searle's St Trinian's series of books (1948 onwards)

    R. F. Delderfield's novel To Serve Them All My Days (1972)

    The popular 1972 Hebrew novel "The Renownwed Teacher Shmilkiyahu" (המורה הדגול שמילקיהו) by Yisrael "Puchu" Weiseler (ישראל ויסלר פוצ'ו) (see he:פוצ'ו[1]), and its various sequels and prequels, take place in the peculiarly Israeli istitution of an agricultural boarding school, where pupils are supposed to take up the traditions of Pioneer Zionism - through the reality, as depicted with considerable humor, often falls short of such ideals.

    Roald Dahl's Boy (1988), an autobiography, nonfiction

    Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One (1989)

    Elizabeth George's Well-Schooled in Murder (1990)

    Ursula LeGuin in A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) and Trudi Canavan in The Novice (2002) adapted the traditional boarding school themes to fantasy settings of schools teaching magic.

    Gillian Rubinstein's Under the Cats Eye: A Tale of Morph and Mystery (2000)

    Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch stories.

    Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels

    Tyne O'Connell's Calypso Chronicles, a four-book series starting with Pulling Princes (2004)

    Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court (2005–present)

    Michelle Magorian's Back Home

    Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline series of children's picture books (1939–present)

    J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series

    Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road (2006)

    Kate Brian's Private series

    John van de Ruit's Spud series

    Cecily Von Ziegesar's The It Girl series

    I hope I've helped you,


  • 4 years ago

    Books transform your life grammar, reading level, spelling, vocabulary, and generally tend to be educational than T.V.

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    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    when you are watching a movie or tv it is very easy to get distracted and multi task, where reading a book, they have your full attention usually!

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Wow, thank you, it was quite helpful! =))

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