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The History Boys: A Play

 
 
 
 
The History Boys: A Play
Author: Alan Bennett
ISBN 13: 9780571224647
ISBN 10: 571224644
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 2006-04-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 109
List Price: $14.00
 
 

At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright teenagers is getting out, starting university - and starting life.

At the heart of The History Boys are four characters, each with contrasting outlooks on teaching and school: Hector, an eccentric English teacher with no interest in exams; Irwin, a young teacher who sees history as "entertainment"; Mrs Lintott, a traditionalist, who teaches "history, not histrionics"; and a Headmaster obsessed with results.

Described as "the richest play Bennett has ever written" (Financial Times), staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence collide in an intensely moving and thought-provoking play.

The History Boys is based on Alan Bennett's Tony Award-winning play, and was also released as a movie. It is presented dramatized by a full cast on 2 CDs.