Higher Learning - Teachers & Schools in Literatureby Julie Oreskovich
For most of us, schools and teachers have played a big role in our lives. Discover a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books about schools, the students that attend them, and the teachers that dedicate their lives to educating young people. Touching, amusing and enlightening - you're bound to be educated by reading this fine selection.
The likes of Miss Jean Brodie, Mr Chipping, Skullion from Porterhouse Blue and the decadent Sebastian Flyte - plus his teddy Aloysius - from Brideshead Revisited are among literatures finest creations. Many novelists have used schools or colleges as settings that fascinate readers. The relationship between student and teacher is revisited again and again. Its a scenario everyone can understand.
Go back to school with Tom Wolfe, John Knowles, Malcolm Bradbury and many other fine writers.
25 "Educational" Books
The decline of the English upper classes comes into focus at Oxford University.
The History Man
A funny novel about a radical university tutor who is a self-appointed revolutionary hero.
Matilda applies her mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress.
An isolated island during a civil war and the teacher whose teaching methods drive a wedge between a girl and her mother.
The story of college student Benjamin Braddock's affair with Mrs. Robinson.
Tom Brown's School Days
The classic story of public school life set at Rugby, and with the ruthless Flashman.
The riotous life of the insular academic community of Porterhouse College Cambridge.
Goodbye, Mr Chips
The poignant story of a dedicated, gentle & unassuming schoolteacher.
An aging novelist with writers block who teaches at small colleges and is on a fast track to total ruin.
A prominent Chinese university professor suffers a brain injury and a favorite student and future son-in-law becomes his caretaker.
Stover At Yale
The quintessential collegiate coming of age novel follows "The Dink" though four years of football and more.
This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Amory Blaine, intent on rebelling against Midwestern upbringing, attends Princeton to acquire the patina of Eastern sophistication.
Eight Vassar graduates meet in New York following commencement to attend a wedding of one of their members and reconvene seven years later at her funeral.
A Separate Peace
Two students' competitive friendship at a New England preparatory school during World War II.
The Secret History
An impoverished student at a New England college falls in with an exclusive clique of rich scholars and learns the dreadful secret that keeps them together.
A New England prep school's mystique is rooted in literature and for some boys this becomes an obsession.
The Second Form at St. Clare's
The twins don't like the two characters who are head of their new form and have some delightful ways of dealing with them.
Follows five young men who enter Harvard in 1954 and then 25 years later at their graduation reunion.
I Am Charlotte Simmons
A freshman learns that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, being cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
The Rule of Four
Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
A 15th century manuscript, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, is deciphered by four Princeton students.
Up the Down Stair Case
A story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers and parents.
To Sir, With Love
A moving account of Braithwaite's experiences teaching in the East End of London, basis for the film of the same name starring Sydney Poitier
The Water is Wide
Account of the author's year-long experience teaching nearly illiterate eighth-graders on Yamacraw Island, just off the South Carolina coast.
The Blackboard Jungle
Hunter spent 17 days teaching at a Bronx high school in 1950, which inspired this 1954 novel about education and juvenile delinquents.
A book about how McCourt's thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer.