Harry Mount

Stateside Sniping

Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America

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Terry Eagleton has taken most conceivable opportunities to study Americans, not least his wife and three of his children. He has taught all over America in his travels as a visiting lecturer in English literature. And yet his observational powers have not benefited from his roving feet. He sheds little new light on that eternally interesting subject – why are we so different from Americans, despite a shared language and a largely shared lineage?

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