Litfest'22 | The Ordeal of Repton Headmaster William Bagshaw Stevens: Roger Juneau

 The idea of a journal by the Rev.William Bagshaw Stevens, D.D., Headmaster of Repton School from 1781 to 1800, May seem a dull prospect, but no: it is secret, interesting and remarkably candid. It reveals that Stevens,who has often been regarded as one of Repton’s worst headmasters, was, if so, a very astute and amusing man, a sometimes good poet, and a very fine prose writer, worthy of comparison with Pepys or Kilvert.
In the journal years (1792-1800) he records encounters with local characters, and with several famous people, such as Erasmus Darwin and Charles James Fox; and recalls his visit, aged 19, to Downing Street to see Prime Minister Lord North, who has accepted the dedication of his first published book of poetry. But it is Fanny Coutts, daughter of one of the richest men in England, who becomes the focal point of his life and his journal: she is his secret love, and he vividly recounts scenes that are not unlike passages in Jane Austen. However, Fanny’s parents are exceedingly possessive and protective …


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