Books: Yankee-Panky

MR. AMERICAN

by George MacDonald Fraser Simon & Schuster; 557 pages; $16.95

This side of Browning's April, the Edwardian era was the best of times to be in England, especially if one was well heeled and of sportive bent. The nation basked in the golden autumn of Pax Britannica, with almost nothing to grouse about but the grouse (not enough of them). For Americans who could afford the fare, the country was the social and cultural equivalent of a well-stuffed hamper from Fortnum & Mason. So is Mr. American, a splendidly entertaining English adventure novel...

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