Search Results: "Louis Auchincloss"


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WOODROW WILSON by Louis Auchincloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Its keen characters shrewdly quoted, this taut, fair presentation leaves the reader entertained by an informed storyteller, and informed by an entertaining historian. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection)"
Fleet narrative and clear-eyed psychology put our 28th president's flawed administration (1913-21) into personal and global perspective. Read full book review >

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Louis Auchincloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2001

"A master craftsman's rendering of a character who needs no embellishment."
Auchincloss (Her Infinite Variety, 2000, etc.) trains his acute sensibility and elegant prose on our most colorful chief executive, rendering Teddy as a man of his time as well as a timeless example of principled leadership. Read full book review >

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THE SCARLET LETTERS by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2003

"Speedy and fleet-footed fiction of the highest order."
An affair implodes a tightly wound WASP family in 1950s New York. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2010

"An anthropological guide to the phantom politesse of Old New York, rendered as neatly as ever."
The prolific author's last book is a farewell to a way of life that was gone before he was. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"It is a thick-skinned reader who can emerge from this collection without some yearning to look up at least one of the works Auchincloss plumbs with such obvious pleasure."
Although (or perhaps because) by current standards this collection tends more toward lite crit than lit crit, readers will find in Auchincloss (Tales of Yesteryear, 1994, etc.) an elegant and erudite companion in reading the canon. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE OLD GUARD by Louis Auchincloss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A small masterpiece from an old master whose oeuvre bulks large in our literature and will last."
Auchincloss's umpteenth (The Headmaster's Dilemma, 2007, etc.) tells the story of a prestigious Manhattan law firm and the families in its orbit. Read full book review >

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FALSE GODS by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"This may not be a major addition to the author's oeuvre, but it's an always welcome message, delivered with grace and elegance."
The title of Auchincloss's latest fiction is a variation on his Golden Calves (1988), but his moral sensibility remains the same—an insider's understanding of the sins and vanities of upper- class Manhattanites. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Further proof, if any is needed, that Auchincloss ranks among the best in American literature."
This comprehensive selection of Auchincloss's short fiction couldn't be better timed. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF OSCAR FAIRFAX by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1995

"Many of Auchincloss's familiar themes, settings, and types come together in this perfect character studyall the more profound for its modesty and measure."
Auchincloss (Tales of Yesteryear, 1994, etc.) tells the saga of the American Century as only he knows howthrough a fictional memoir by someone well poised to witness the high social dimension of political events. Read full book review >

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THE MAN BEHIND THE BOOK by Louis Auchincloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 1996

"A modest collection of critical essays that subtly defies the orthodoxies of the academy."
In the best belletrist tradition, Auchincloss offers these 23 literary sketches, short essays full of moral earnestness (though he's profoundly sympathetic to his subjects' frailties) and casual insight. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 14, 1990

Here, in one of his better essay collections (The Vanderbilt Era, 1989; Life, Law and Letters, 1979, etc.), Auchincloss describes friendship among 16 famous pairs. Read full book review >

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MANHATTAN MONOLOGUES by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2002

"Telling stories about a privileged world, Auchincloss doesn't belie the intellectual and material luxuriousness his characters live in, but neither does he ever stoop to revel in them."
A dry martini of a collection from an author who, in his 57th book, voices his characters with a precision and care almost unheard of in a sloppy age. Read full book review >