The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's

The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's

Infobox Book
name = The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's

image_caption = Cover of the First Edition (1887)
author = Talbot Baines Reed
illustrator = Gordon Browne
cover_artist =
country = England
language = English
genre = Novel
publisher = Religious Tract Society, London
release_date = 1887
media_type = Print (Hardback)
pages =
isbn = NA

"The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's" (published 1887) is the best known of the school stories of late 19th century author Talbot Baines Reed. The stories as well as the book were written for the "Boy's Own Paper" and published by the Religious Tract Society, with illustrations by Gordon Browne.

Reed himself had no experience of a public school education; consequently, the book lacked some of the realism of other comparable books like "Tom Brown's Schooldays" and "Eric, or, Little by Little".

However, the book was written with great enthusiasm and it started a tradition of boarding school stories in British juvenile fiction that lasted until the end of World War II.


* Carpenter, Humphrey and Mari Prichard. "Oxford Companion to Children's Literature". Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0198602286
* Zipes, Jack (ed) et al. "The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English." W. W. Norton, 2005. ISBN 0393327760
* Zipes, Jack (ed.). "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Volumes 1-4". Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0195146565
* Watson, Victor, "The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English". Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 0521550645

External links

* [ E-text of "The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's"]
* [ British Library: Children's Literature]
* Search publishing histories: [ Copac: Academic & National Library Catalogue] at the University of Manchester.
* Another website: [ British Library: Integrated Catalogue] .
* Search: [ Library of Congress Online Catalog]
* Search: [ National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections]

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