The Grammar School: A Secret History - Netflix

The British grammar schools provided five consecutive prime ministers as well as many high fliers in industry, science and the arts. Yet at the height of their success they were phased out. Featuring David Attenborough and Joan Bakewell amongst many others, this two-part series uses personal stories and rare archive to reveal the secret history of some of Britain's most successful schools, whose aim was to give the very best education to talented children - whatever their background.

The Grammar School: A Secret History - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-01-05

The Grammar School: A Secret History - The Secret History - Netflix

The Secret History is the first novel by Donna Tartt, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992. A 75,000 print order was made for the first edition (as opposed to the usual 10,000 order for a debut novel), and the book became a bestseller. Set in New England, The Secret History tells the story of a closely knit group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, Hampden College, similar in many respects to Bennington College (in Bennington, Vermont) where Tartt was a student from 1982 to 1986. The story is an inverted detective story, not a whodunit but a whydunit. One of the six students is the story's narrator, Richard Papen, who reflects, years later, on the situation that led to a murder within the group, the murder being confessed at the outset of the novel but the events otherwise revealed sequentially. In the prologue before the first chapter, we are told of the murder of student Edmund “Bunny” Corcoran, although few details are given initially. In the first chapter we are introduced to Richard Papen of California. The novel explores the circumstances and lasting effects of Bunny's death on the academically and socially isolated group of Classics students of which he was a part.

The Grammar School: A Secret History - Themes - Netflix

According to Michiko Kakutani, some aspects of the novel are reflective of Nietzsche's model of Dionysian and Apollonian expression in The Birth of Tragedy. Kakutani, speaking in the New York Times, states “In The Secret History, Ms. Tartt manages to make... melodramatic and bizarre events (involving Dionysian rites and intimations of satanic power) seem entirely plausible.” Because the author introduces the murder and those responsible at the outset, critic A.O. Scott labeled it “a murder mystery in reverse.” In 2013, John Mullan wrote an essay for The Guardian titled “Ten Reasons Why We Love Donna Tartt's The Secret History”, which includes “It starts with a murder,” “It is in love with Ancient Greece,” “It is full of quotations,” and “It is obsessed with beauty.”

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