Tom Brown's School Days is a book more people have heard of than read. Its author, Thomas Hughes, was Englis has a mutton chop. Chief interests of his life were cricket and Utopia.

In 1880, around a tract of land which he had bought in northeastern Tennessee, Utopia-hunting Tom Hughes founded a colony. Invited to join were the younger sons of English gentlemen, who were barred by tradition from inheritance, by custom from working for their living. The colony was named Rugby after Tom Hughes's old school, and more than 1,000 younger sons saw an opportunity, came from England...

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