Spackman published his first novel, Heyday, in 1953. Although he soon after left his position as a classics professor to devote himself to writing, his second novel, An Armful of Warm Girl, did not find a publisher until 1978, when Spackman was 72. That may have been because the book, featuring a dapper, randy, upper-class protagonist and the various well-to-do women with whom he has affairs--its amours described in an elegant, droll prose, and its view of adultery unsettlingly lighthearted--seemed so unlike anything else being written. The novel was sufficiently successful to allow Spackman to keep publishing: In quick succession the A Presence with Secrets, A Difference of Design, and A Little Decorum, For Once (all sharing the confectionary prose and worldly wise esprit of Armful) were issued. A sixth novel, As I Sauntered Out, One Midcentury Morning, was in manuscript when Spackman died in 1990. All are assembled here, along with two short pieces, in a welcome gathering of the work of one of the most idiosyncratic, provocative, and intensely stylish American writers of recent decades.