Books: Minor Social Science

SNOBS (54 pp.)—Russell Lynes—Harper ($ I).

A snob, says William Makepeace Thackeray in one of the many essays in definition in his witty Book of Snobs, is one who "sleeps in white kid gloves, and commits dangerous excesses upon green tea.'"

Since 1847, white kids and excessive drinking of green tea have gone out of fad, but snobs are in again, and so is writing about them. The latest snobographer to revive the discussion is Russell Lynes, an editor of Harper's who set himself up in a magazine article last year as an arbiter of high, low and middle brows. In Snobs, Arbiter...

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