June 28, 2010

Stover at Yale, Owen Johnson

Should he join Skull and Bones? Is this elitism healthy at Yale? What will make the father of a charming girl approve of him? Can he be an intellectual and an athlete? If he tries to stop his classmates from debauching townie girls, will they all be angry?

This is a minor classic of worrying about joining the right social group. Moves smoothly, kind of charmingly quaint, mostly annoyingly (if authentically) adolescent.

ManyBooks link: Stover at Yale.

So wrote clew in Fiction (20th c.).
And thus wrote others:
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