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Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of The History Boys with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff’s guide include:
– detailed analyses of character, theme and structure;
– a clear introduction to the context of the play and its author;
– key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom.
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool.
In Alan Bennett’s award-winning and hugely popular play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it, about education and its purpose.
Brilliantly funny, with lines that we will, I hope, be quoting for years to come and several show-stopping vignettes. Bennett is still naughty, impish, endlessly ironic. But by the end tears are as near as laughter. The History Boys is moving, disquieting: one follows it with a heart brimful.... This is Bennett's first play this millennium, and it more than repays the wait; I think it his finest work in decades.
One of our most considerable as well as one of our most enjoyable playwrights.
What makes Bennett remarkable is a linguistic spark, an unerring sense for the right word.
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