by Peter Martin
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 608 pp., $35.00
edited by Peter Martin
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by Jeffrey Meyers
Basic Books, 528 pp., $35.00
by David Nokes
Henry Holt, 448 pp., $32.00 (to be published on October 27)
Britain is a very changed country; it has changed morally. It might be said that its people’s sense of what life is all about has altered more in the last fifty years than it did in the previous 250, beginning in 1709, when Samuel Johnson was born at Lichfield. Yet one of the things that hasn’t changed is the popularity of the nation’s most popular word: “nice.”
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In Spanking Company January 14, 2010