26 September 1991
Show More Rude Words: A Discursive History of the London Library by John Wells.
Macmillan, 240 pp., £17.50, September 1991, 0 333 47519 4Show More
Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English by Geoffrey Hughes.
Blackwell, 283 pp., £16.95, August 1991, 0 631 16593 2Show More
“... what it has always been: literate top people, members of the professions, freelance writers. Physically, the London Library is remarkably little changed from what earlier generations knew and loved. Frances Partridge, who has been a member for seventy years, claims that ‘nothing has changed; absolutely nothing. The same smell, the same atmosphere, the same clanking noise as you walk through those long ...”