Eton College


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Cultural formation Anna Atkins
She was born into the English professional class and was presumably white; her father was educated at Eton and at Queen's College, Cambridge . During the early years of her childhood her family was well...
Education Henry Fielding
HF attended Eton , and four years after leaving school enrolled for a while at the University of Leiden . After the premature end of his career as a theatre manager he enrolled as a...
Education George Orwell
Brought back to England at the age of three, Eric Blair (later GO ) was enabled by a scholarship and contributions from relations to go to St Cyprian's, a well-known but oppressive boys' preparatory school...
Education Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Later she became interested in Plato . In 1886 she was one of a group of women who began Greek classes at the Hampstead home of poet and scholar William Cory , her longtime friend...
Education Percy Bysshe Shelley
As a schoolboy at EtonPBS opposed the system of fagging (allotting junior boys virtually as private slaves to wait on older ones). He was expelled by University College, Oxford (which later set up a...
Education Frances Cornford
Although her step-brother Bernard went to Eton , Frances Cornford received her education at home, and sometimes shared classes with her nearby cousins, one of whom was Gwen Darwin , later Raverat.
Cornford, Hugh et al. “Frances Cornford 1886-1960”. Selected Poems, edited by Jane Dowson and Jane Dowson, Enitharmon Press, p. xxvii - xxxvii.
Raverat, Gwen. Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood. Faber and Faber.
Education Aldous Huxley
AH 's first school was Prior's Field (founded by his mother as a progressive institution for girls), where his presence was a tolerated anomaly. With a cousin, he then attended a boys' preparatory boarding school...
Education Algernon Charles Swinburne
ACS began his studies at Eton .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Family and Intimate relationships Alison Uttley
It seems that AU 's particularly close, intimate, and possessive relationship with her son, John , may have been experienced by him as damaging, since as an adult he seems to have been anxious and...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth von Arnim
EA gave birth, resentfully, to her son, Henning Bernd (H. B.), in England on 27 October 1902. Growing up in England and attending Eton during the First World War, he displayed a kind of heroism...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Angela Dickens
MAD 's father, Charles Culliford Boz Dickens , was the eldest child of the famous author after whom he was named. He distinguished himself as a student at Eton College , but his father suspected...
Family and Intimate relationships Nancy Mitford
NM 's only brother, Tom, went to Eton , while any education sisters acquired was imparted at home. During the second world war he was with the British army in Burma (now Myanmar), where he died.
Family and Intimate relationships Virginia Woolf
VW 's father, Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), was a Victorian philosopher and historian of ideas . . . literary historian and critic, and—perhaps most important—a biographer.
Rosenbaum, S. P. “An Educated Man’s Daughter: Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group”. Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays, edited by Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy, Vision; Barnes and Noble, pp. 32-56.
Mark Hussey writes that he was, after Matthew Arnold
Family and Intimate relationships Virginia Woolf
Leslie Stephen 's daughter from his previous marriage, Laura (1868-1934), suffered from some form of mental disability and lived most of her life in institutions.
Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. Chatto and Windus.
Julia Stephen had three children from her first marriage...
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothy Brett
DB 's father, Reginald Baliol Brett , became the second Viscount Esher after his father 's death in 1899. In his capacity as a peer and courtier, Reginald Regy Brett wore distinguished hats after being...


30 May 1747: Thomas Gray published Ode on a Distant Prospect...

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30 May 1747

Thomas Gray published Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

About 1800: By now more than 70% of peers' eldest sons...

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About 1800

By now more than 70% of peers' eldest sons were educated at one of four top public schools: Eton , Harrow , Westminster , and Winchester .


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