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The Dons By Noel Gilroy Annan

The Dons
by Noel Gilroy Annan

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A collection of vignettes illustrating the brilliance and eccentricities of some of the greatest figures of British university life, this text also explains why the dons matter, and the importance of the role they have played in the shaping of British higher education from the 1700s to the present.
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The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses by Noel Gilroy Annan

A wonderfully engaging and entertaining history of the great dons of the last two hundred years, by one of our leading historians of ideas. Rich in anecdote, and displaying all the author's customary mastery of his subject, The Dons is Noel Annan at his erudite, encyclopedic and entertaining best. The book is a kaleidoscope of wonderful vignettes illustrating the brilliance and eccentricities of some of the greatest figures of British university life. Here is Buckland dropping to his knees to lick the supposed patch of martyr's blood in an Italian cathedral and remarking, 'I can tell you what it is; it's bat's urine.' Or the granitic Master of Balliol, A.D. Lindsay, whose riposte on finding himself in a minority of one at a College meeting was, 'I see we are deadlocked'. But, entertaining as it is, The Dons also has a more serious purpose. No other book has ever explained so precisely -- and so amusingly -- why the dons matter, and the importance of the role they have played in the shaping of British higher education over the past two centuries.

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About Noel Gilroy Annan


Lord Annan was the first full-time Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery, a Trustee of the British Museum and a Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He wrote the Annan report on the future of broadcasting in 1977. He made his name as a historian of ideas with his study of Leslie Stephen, and is perhaps best known for his often-quoted article on 'The Intellectual Aristocracy' and his book about his own generation, Our Age.

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GOR002693991
The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses by Noel Gilroy Annan
Noel Gilroy Annan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2000-09-18
368
000653130X
9780006531302
N/A
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