St. Paul's School Books: Alumni Writers
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A sampler of books written by St. Paul's School alumni and biographical notes about the authors.
This project was completed by high-school student Tom Owen as part of an externship program with DailyLit.
"The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead." - Clarence Day, Jr., graduated from St. Paul's School 1892, author of Life With Father.
There is a strong literary tradition at St. Paul's School, and numerous alumni have written well-received books over the school's 150-year history. After all, Day's sentiments are a reworking of the St. Paul's School motto: "Let us learn those things on Earth the knowledge of which continues in Heaven."
This series is a sampler of books written by St. Paul's alumni. Each entry includes biographical information, a summary of the book, and notes on its reception. The earliest work is from 1886 and the most recent is from 2009.
Some entries are adapted from Wikipedia under fair use, but most biographical notes and summaries are original compositions.
The editor hopes that this series can be a resource for anybody interested in learning more about the people and history of St. Paul's School.
Extended Copyright Information
Copyright 2010 by Tom Owen. All rights reserved.
This project is made available under the terms of the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0.
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At the time of writing, the editor of SPS Books is a fifth-former (junior) at St. Paul's School. He runs cross country, edits the Pelican newspaper, and watches bad movies with his roommate. He compiled this series while working as a summer extern for DailyLit. The blog for this series is located at SPS Books and he can be contacted at tpowen09 [at] gmail [dot] com.Back to top
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The Virginian, both the character and the book, are considered to be first of their kind. The character is seen as the first real cowboy character that has set the standard for the cowboy character stereotype. The book is seen as one of the first great western novels about cowboys.
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Copyright 2010 by Tom Owen.
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