Books: Goodbye to All That

THE HONOURS BOARD by Pamela Hansford Johnson. 316 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

For literature at least, it is a blessing that the British Labor Party has not yet succeeded in doing away with that bastion of upper-class pain and privilege, the British public school. From Thomas Hughes to Kipling and Orwell, from Harold Nicolson to Robert Graves and Anthony Powell, a succession of British men of letters have devastatingly recollected in tranquillity the fagging and the field sports, the pleasures of playing up and the dark night of a sensitive soul fallen among rugger-bugger philistines.

Pamela Hansford Johnson, in real life the wife of...

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