The Style's the Man by Louis Auchincloss
Reflections on Proust, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Vidal, and Others

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Essays discuss Ivy Compton-Burnett, William Gaddis, Jacobean drama, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, William Congreve, Tennessee Williams, Henry James, and three perfect novels.
 

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Louis Auchincloss was born on September 27, 1917 in New York. He attended Groton College and Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War ll. A practicing attorney, Auchincloss wrote his first novel, "The Indifferent Children," in 1947 under the pseudonym Andrew Lee, establishing a dual career as a successful lawyer and writer. Born into a socially prominent family, Auchincloss generally writes about society's upper class. Strong family connections, well-bred manners, and corporate boardrooms are subject matter in such novels as "Portrait in Brownstone" and "I Come As a Thief." He has also written several biographical and critical works on such notable writers as Edith Wharton and Henry James. Auchincloss was President of the Museum of the City of New York.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Scribner. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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For example, one piece that intertwines the literary virtues of Clarissa with the moral virtues of its title character, casually notes that another Richardson heroine, Pamela, ``managed to hold on to her virtue and sell out in a bull market.'' It is a thick-skinned reader who can emerge fro...

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This uneven collection of essays (many appeared originally in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review and New Criterion) is a lesser performance by the prolific Auchincloss (The Book Class).

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