chapter  2
LEARNING YOUR LESSONS: IMPACT OF STUDENT LIFE ON HIS TEACHING
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In 1910, Oscar Browning published Memories of Sixty Years at Eton, Cambridge and Elsewhere in which he offered his autobiographical account of a student’s life both at the secondary and university levels in nineteenth-century England. With his educational life-both as student and later as teacher-we may better envision the culture and classrooms in which Victorian students learned and their teachers taught. Furthermore, it is no coincidence that when Wortham’s biography of Browning was first published in 1927 it was entitled simply Oscar Browning, while its reprint in 1956 was called Victorian Eton and Cambridge —Being the Life and Times of Oscar Browning. Browning’s educational life gained greater meaning as it became historically more remote. Browning’s memoirs and subsequent biography are not only records of his own life but also exemplify the worlds of those two privileged educational institutions.