Thomas Hughes (1271 words)


Thomas Hughes (1822-1896) is remembered today for his novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857). His many roles include lawyer, Queen’s Counsel, judge, Member of Parliament, social and educational reformer, founder of a utopian colony in Tennessee USA, and writer.

Hughes was born 20th October 1822 and grew up in the village of Uffington, then in the English county of Berkshire (now assigned to Oxfordshire). He was son of the squire John Hughes (himself a minor author, of The Boscobel Tracts, 1830, which told of the flight of king Charles II after the battle of Worcester) and grandson of the vicar Thomas Hughes, and was therefore of a family of minor gentry. Hughes later wrote several times …

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Thomas Hughes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2018 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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