Literary Canon Booklet

“It has been 150 years since the English poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold wrote on the need to teach children ‘the best that has been thought and said’ but the need to introduce our students to texts that hold significant value has never been as important as it is now.  We pondered long and hard over which books would hold significance for our students at Cranbrook. By the time they leave us, our students will have read at least 20 brilliant, thought-provoking and, hopefully, life-enhancing texts: books that will bring depth, diversity and culture to their lives; books that encourage them to view the world through others’ eyes and bring a greater understanding of the way the world works; books that will make them lose themselves – and find themselves; books that will be a pleasure to read.”

Literary Canon (Diane Brown)

Diane Brown

Head of English, English Network Lead