Books: Best Reading

The White Nile, by Alan Moorehead. In a highly readable history the author sketches—sometimes too sketchily—the exploits of the remarkable Victorians, including Stanley, Livingstone, Gordon and Kitchener, who traced and pacified the upper reaches of the Nile.

A Middle Class Education, by Wilfred Sheed. A dour fictional view of Oxford in the welfare state, its collegians less likely to be lords' brats than middle-class academic grubbers, less interested in oysters and champagne than in security and pensions.

Parodies—An Anthology from Chaucer to Beerbohm and After, edited by Dwight Macdonald. With wit and a...

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