Books: Humors | Gentlemen in England

by A.N. Wilson Viking; 311 pages; $17.95

With such novels as Wise Virgin (1983) and Scandal, or Priscilla's Kindness (1984), English Author A.N. Wilson has won increasing renown as a satirist in the classic mode, a chronicler of lofty ideals and comic, mortal diminutions. His name has been mentioned in the same breath with that of Evelyn Waugh; comparisons to Barbara Pym have not been lacking. Readers aware of Wilson's reputation will naturally turn to Gentlemen in England expecting some laughs and intelligent fun. They will not be disappointed, but they may be surprised by the range of humors that arise in the course of the tale.

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