Fri, January 26, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
John Garrett was a self-made apostle of high culture. In the late 1930s, as a headmaster, he made his name by bringing the practices of public schools such as Eton and Harrow to a new state school in suburban London. He hired remarkable teachers (Rex Warner for classics, the painter Claude Rogers for art), and capitalized on associations with W. H. Auden and T. S. Eliot to bring distinction to his curriculum. In 1943 his triumphs won for Garrett the headmaster's job at Bristol Grammar School,Paul Sullivan defended his dissertation, Ludi Magister: The Play of Tudor School and Stage, in 2005. His essay, 'Playing the Lord: Tudor Vulgaria and the Rehearsal of Ambition' has been accepted for publication by ELH (English Literary History, Johns Hopkins University Press).