The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold 2 Volume Set
Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) was Head of Rugby School in England from 1828, and, for the final year of his life, Professor of History at Oxford University. He played a pivotal role in the British educational system, and was known for his then controversial ideas on schooling and religion. First published in 1844, these two volumes present a diverse collection of Arnold's correspondence, compiled by his friend and former pupil, Dean of Westminster, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815–81). Interspersed with a biographical commentary by Stanley, the letters in Volume 1 reveal Arnold's early life and work, followed by his career at Rugby up to 1835. Volume 2 illustrates his contests with the Oxford School of Theology, and his correspondence with various Church figures. Lending a fascinating insight into school and church life in the nineteenth century, Arnold's writings continue to interest scholars of both religion and education.