Thomas Day was a British author and lawyer, who was particularly known for the children's book “The History of Sandford and Merton”.
Based on Rousseauvian educational ideals, the book narrates the story of the rich, noble but spoiled Tommy Merton and his poor but virtuous friend Harry Sandford. Through trials and difficulties, the boys learn the importance of labor. The book is the classical product of its time: there reader could find some of the most discussed issues of the day, for example, education, class, and, most importantly, how these combine to form the human being. Author takes the important place to the theme of education, that can be used to shape and repair any individual, no matter how initially misguided he might be. This idea was at the core of innumerable eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts, included the works of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Godwin, Thomas Holcroft, and Elizabeth Inchbald.
“Sandford and Merton” became the most famous children’s book of its own day, so you have the great opportunity to enjoy the classical example of children’s literature.