Culture and Anarchy (Rethinking the Western Tradition) by Matthew Arnold

By Matthew Arnold

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Publication of Clough’s Collected Poems with memoir by Palgrave. Arnold publishes A French Eton. From now on most of his work appears in periodicals before being published in book form. Robert Lowe’s ‘revised code’ implemented. John Ruskin, Unto this Last –    xxxvii Arnold publishes Essays in Criticism: First Series; visits France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland as Foreign Assistant Commissioner to the Taunton Commission (Schools Inquiry). Arnold applies unsuccessfully for the post of Charity Commissioner; publishes ‘Thyrsis’, his elegy on Clough, in Macmillan’s Magazine.

And as to school-books he adds, finally, that Dr William Smith,* the learned and distinguished editor of the Quarterly Review, is, as we all know, the compiler of school-books meritorious and many. This is what Mr Oscar Browning gives us to understand in the Quarterly Review, and it is impossible not to read with pleasure what he says. For what can give a finer example of that frankness and manly self-confidence which our great public schools, and none of them so much as Eton, are supposed to inspire, of that buoyant ease in holding up one’s head, speaking out what is in one’s mind, and flinging off all sheepishness and awkwardness, than to see an Eton assistant-master offering in fact himself as evidence that to combine boarding-house-keeping with teaching is a good thing, and his brother as evidence that to train and race little boys for competitive examinations is a good thing?

Arnold accepts Civil List Pension of £ a year ‘in public recognition of service to the poetry and literature of England’. Begins his lecture tour of the USA which ends in March . Arnold becomes Chief Inspector of Schools. xxxix Historical & Cultural Background Gladstone’s second government; elementary education compulsory in England and Wales; foundation of Mason’s College, Birmingham. Third Reform Act. Chronology xl    Life Historical & Cultural Background Arnold publishes Discourses in America and his three-volume collected edition of poems.

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