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  • noun United States writer (born in 1917)


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  • A distant relative of Edith Wharton, Auchincloss was part and parcel of the retreating world of which he wrote so eloquently and often.

    Omni Daily News: Remembering J.D. Salinger, Howard Zinn, Louis Auchincloss

  • Auchincloss pronounced AW-kin-kloss was a critically acclaimed and bestselling chronicler of Manhattan's WASP elite throughout his half-century career.


  • As Auchincloss himself noted in interviews, he was not remotely as accomplished as Edith Wharton, in whose wake he worked, but he was nevertheless an artist to be taken seriously as a - chronicler of a certain sphere of life at a certain time.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • Auchincloss had worked as a lawyer before turning to writing, and became known for his chronicles of the Upper East Side's ruling class.

    Louis Auchincloss, Old-Money Scribe, Dead at 92

  • Glib analysis was insufficient to the problems of the heart Auchincloss was surveying.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • Auchincloss is to New York in the 20th century what Trollope is to English clerical life in the 19th: a writer who must be read to understand the ethos of a lost world, but whose essential subject matter — the heart and its discontents — transcends time and place.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • Tall and forbidding — or forbidding until he cracked a joke, or found something amusing, at which point he would break into a smile of epic proportions — Auchincloss wrote of a vanishing milieu of Eastern privilege: of prep schools and discreet lawyers and quiet clubs where the chairs were comfortable and the martinis cold.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • What is most interesting about Auchincloss, is not the elegance of the lives he chronicled but the complexities, the unfulfilled ambitions, the restless hearts of his characters.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • Salinger will endure much longer and will be read more widely than Auchincloss, who will be viewed in death in much the same way he was in life: as an interesting novelist of manners.

    Visions From a Vanishing World

  • A lawyer and prolific author, Auchincloss, born in 1917, grew up in houses in Manhattan, on Long Island, and in Bar Harbor, Maine.

    Visions From a Vanishing World


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