Books: Eton Choler

THE FOURTH OF JUNE (208 pp.)—David Benedictus-Dutton ($3.95).

"Boys," a famous headmaster of Eton once remarked, "you must be pure in heart, for if not, I will thrash you till you are." For centuries, guided by such rough-and-ready principals, Eton turned out 19 Prime Ministers, hundreds of British M.P.s, and presumably won the battle of Waterloo on its playing fields. But in this querulous century, in novels and memoirs, such latter-day Etonians as Osbert Sitwell, Aldous Huxley, Cyril Connolly and George Orwell have all looked back in irony or outrage at the cult of...

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