The King’s School has featured in numerous works by former pupils and others – both¬†autobiographical and fictional. Their opinions of the place have varied.

Here is a selection:

Anne Lefroy, On seeing some school-boys playing in the Green-court, Canterbury

Samuel Egerton Brydges, Autobiography

R. H. Barham, The Ingoldsby Legends: Nell Cook: A King’s Scholar’s Story

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Walter Pater, Emerald Uthwart

G. A. Henty, Jack Archer: A Tale of the Crimea

Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Hugh Walpole

Jocelyn Brooke, The Military Orchid

Alaric Jacob, Seventeen

Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts

Edward Lucie-Smith, A Burnt Child

Susan Moody, Penny Dreadful

Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English

Nicholas Best, Bell Harry