TRIVIAL PURSUITS: A Bibliography for the series of 9 posts



William Gunson, Oundle, Lent Term 2017.

Aaronovitch, D., Being offended is often the best medicine, The Times of London, 15 February, 2017:

Abbott, J. and MacTaggart, H., Overschooled but Undereducated: How the Crisis in Education is Jeopardizing our Adolescents.  London: Continuum, 2010.

Abrams, F., The School of Hard Facts, BBC Radio 4 interview with Hirsch, posted at and accessed on 12 February, 2017.

Arnold, M., Culture and Anarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932 [1869].

Baden-Powell, R., Scouting for Boys. London: Pearson, 1967 [1907].

Bloom, A., The closing of the American mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Brogan, D., Table Talk: University follies of 1969, in the Spectator of 10 January, 1969, archived at, accessed 16 January 2017.

Camus, A., Le Premier Homme. Paris: Gallimard, 1994.

Christodoulou, D., Making Good Progress? The Future of Assessment for Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Clark, K., Civilisation: A Personal View. London: Harper & Row, 1969.

Connolly, C., Enemies of Promise.  London: Penguin Modern Classics, 1979 [1938].

Cory, W., Eton Reform: II.  London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1861. Transcribed from digital archive scan of 22 November, 2011 at, accessed 16 February, 2017.

Davies, R., What’s Bred in the Bone. Markham: Viking, 1985.

Dawkins, R., The joy of living dangerously, article posted on 6 July, 2002 at, accessed 14 February, 2017.

Dickens, C., Hard Times. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854., collected in Christmas Books and Hard Times. London: Chapman & Hall, 1804.

Duckworth, A., Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. London: Vermilion, 2016.

Fordham, M., Is traditionalism right-wing?  Posted at, accessed 11 February, 2017.

Fordham, M., On curiosity, posted at, accessed 12 February 2017.

Gathorne-Hardy, J., The public school phenomenon, 597–1977. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1977.

Gawande, A., The Checklist Manifesto. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2009.

Grenier, M., Slow Education, the Trivium and Eton College. Ed. Robinson, Martin. Trivium in Practice (Trivium II).  London: Crown House, 2016.

Habgood, J., appearing in On the Record (with Jonathan Dimbleby), BBC: c. 1989.

Hapgood, D., The First Man. London: Penguin Modern Classics, 1995.  Translation of Camus.

Jetchick, S., Concedo, Nego, Distinguo, posted at, accessed on 15 February 2017.

Kimball, R., The killing of History: why relativism is wrong. Published in the New Criterion, September 1996, and posted at–why-relativism-is-wrong-3484, accessed on 10 February, 2017.

Lang, N., 59 Quick Slang Phrases from the 1920s We Should Start Using Again, posted at, accessed 16 February 2017.

Leith, S., You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. London: Profile Books, 2011.

Leopardi, G. (1798–1837) in his poem, Il sabato del villaggio (Saturday Night in the Village), Canto XXV.  Translation by A. S. Kline at, accessed 16 February, 2017. Or see:

Leopardi, G., How can the dead remember? In translation by Tsung, D., as quoted at, accessed February 15, 2017.

Luxmoore, N. Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2015.

MacIntyre, A., After Virtue (3rd edition), London: Duckworth, 2007 [1981].

Mazur, E., Confessions of a Converted Lecturer: Eric Mazur, online lecture posted at, accessed 11 February, 2017.

Newman, J. H., Selected Sermons. Ed. Ker, Ian. The Classics of Western Spirituality.  New York: Paulist, 1994.

Newman, J. H., The Idea of a University, London: Longmans, Green & Co.: 1852.  Extract on universities from Discourse VII transcribed at, accessed 17 February 2017.

Newman, J. H., The Idea of a University. London: Longmans, Green & Co.: 1852.  Extract on gentlemen transcribed at, accessed 17 February 2017.

Orwell, G., Politics and the English Language [1946] in Why I Write. London: Penguin, 2004.

Orwell, G., The Lion and the Unicorn [1940] in Why I Write. London: Penguin, 2004.

Park, T., “Nolo Episcopari”: A Life of C. J. Vaughan. Berforts: St Bega, 2013.

Robinson, M., Trivium 21c: Preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past. London: Crown House, 2013.

Sayers, D., The Lost Tools of Learning, first published 1947, transcribed at, accessed 13 February, 2017.

Shakespeare, W., Henry V, Act 3, Scene 6.

Stock, P., Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse? posted 29 May, 2014.  Accessed 15 February, 2017.

Strachey, L., Eminent Victorians. London: Penguin, 1986 [1918].

Tosh, J., A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007.

Trevor-Roper, H., One Hundred Letters. Ed. Davenport-Hines and Sisman, A. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Williams, R., The Edge of Words. God and the Habits of Language.  London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Windschuttle, K., The cultural war on Western civilization, New Criterion, January 2002, also posted at:, accessed 10 February, 2017.

Witheridge, J., Excellent Dr Stanley. The Life of Dean Stanley of Westminster. Norwich: Michael Russell Publishing, 2013.


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