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A Voice from Old New York: A Memoir of My Youth
 
 
Author
Louis Auchincloss.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780547341538
Pages/Publication Date 203/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23755
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During Louis Auchincloss's long career he wrote more than 60 books, including the story collection Manhattan Monologues and the novel The Rector of Justin. At the time of his death in 2010, he had just finished taking on a subject he had long avoided: himself. No traitor to his class but occasionally its critic, Auchincloss returns us to his Society—which was, he maintains, less interesting than its members admitted. Brooke Astor and her circle are here, along with glimpses of Jacqueline Onassis. Most memorable, though, is his way with those outside the salon: the cranky maid; the maiden aunt, perpetually out of place; and the less-than-well-born boy who threw himself from a window over a woman and a man.

"Too often pigeonholed and/or dismissed as a mere chronicler of the manners of the Northeastern upper class, [Auchincloss] was in fact a writer of rare skill and range, and his best books should find readers for a long time.... A Voice from Old New York brings his career to a fit conclusion, a fine little book that may help readers understand that his literary legacy is far more complex and durable than most of his critics acknowledge."—Washington Post

 
 
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