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First published in 1959, E. R. Braithwaite’s book To Sir, With Love has inspired films in not just Hollywood, but in other movie industries as well. The novel’s themes of a teacher reforming an unruly group of students, as well as an underdog rising to the occasion, are universal and inspiring. In addition, To Sir, With Love is loosely based on true events in the author’s life, which gives it a sense of immediate authenticity. Further, the novel’s discussion of race—Braithwaite, or “sir,” is a black teacher teaching predominantly working-class white kids—adds another layer of interest.

In the book, World War II veteran Ricky Braithwaite is looking for a job. He is a British Guianese (from present-day Guyana) man who has studied at Cambridge, is well-mannered and poised, and carries the discipline of an ex-army vet. He is also black. This fact of his life cancels outs his other achievements in the racist society of the late 1940s and early 50s in England, and he is denied a...

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