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"I hate the modern trick, to tell the truth,
Of straightening out the kinks in the young mind,
Our passion for the tender plant of youth,
Our hatred for weeds of any kind.
Slogans are bad: the best I can find
Is this: 'Let each child have that's in our care
As much neurosis as the child can bear"
-- W.H.Auden Letter to Lord Byron IV
- Bedales School; A School for Boys.
Outline of its aims and system
J H Badley Cambridge University Press, 1892
- Bedales School; Outline of its aims and system: An essay in
J H Badley Cambridge University Press, 1900.
- Notes and suggestions for Those who Join the staff at Bedales
J H Badley Cambridge University Press, 1922.
- Bedales: A Pioneer School
J H Badley; Methuen, 1923 .
- A quoit tient la superiorité des Anglo-Saxons?
- Bedales Since the War
Geoffrey Crump; Chapman and Hall, 1936 .
Valuable for a fairly detailed account of the regime and beliefs in the 20's. Complete
with blandness and humbug.
- Memories and
J H Badley Alan and Unwin, 1955.
Fascinating memoir by the man himself. See
tea with Oscar Wilde and other episodes. [Out of print but quite easy to come
- John Haden Badley 1865-1967
Giles Brandreth & Sally Henry; Bedales Society, 1967 .
- English Progressive Schools
Robert Skidelsky; Penguin, 1969 .
- Irregularly Bold: A Study of
James Henderson; Andree Deutsch, 1978 .
Autobiography & Other Bedaliana
- World Without End
Helen Thomas; Heinemann,
1931 Autobiography Edward Thomas's widon taught at
- But to what purpose
E L Grant-Watson ; Cresser,
1946 ."low, rough fellows of distinctly
- Summers Lease
John Rothenstein; Hamish
Hamilton, 1965 . Autobiography
- Out of Bounds
Giles & Esmond Romilly Hamish Hamilton , 1935 .
A public school rebel who spent two terms at Bedales, has a chapter on his experiences at
Bedales "social sex of a lemonadish variety"
- Not old Madame, but Vintage
Lady Allen of Hurtwood Galaxy
press 1975 . Autobiography
- Memoirs of an Uneducated Lady
Lady Allen of Hurtwood Thames
and Hiudson 1975 .Autobiography
Julia Strachey & Frances Partridge Penguin, 1984 .
- Rupert Brooke
Nigel Jones. Richard Cohen Books; 1999 ISBN 1860661718
Includes an account of Brooke's infatuation with Noel Brooke :
numerous index entries mentioning interactions with pre-first war Bedalians
including visits to Edward Thomas and to the school. "When you see the pale
men who teach slide wearily and alone around Bedales, pity them. They too are human and
alive (in a way)."
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