Louis AuchinclossDead at 92
Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:55 PM
Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:23 AM
I like The Embezzler, too, in addition to the titles you mentioned, but Auchincloss' short stories tend to be stronger than his novels in general, I think.
I rather doubt Auchincloss would have been churlish about the Clintons coming to New York, but there are some choice remarks in this Financial Times interview from a couple of years ago.
Posted 09 March 2010 - 06:14 PM
And Gore Vidal's very specific appreciation of him is superb. He refuses to allow people not to recognize what Auchincloss has uniquely contributed, in letting one into the East Side world in a way that even Tom Wolfe couldn't (despite Auchincloss's admiration for Wolfe's extraordinary attention to styles and speech), and Capote spent 25-30 years dreaming of trying (or at least he tried to write about the more jet-set and sexy segment of high New York society, not succeeding very well even with that, as those 3 chapters of 'Answered Prayers' prove.)
This one is close to my favourite (and it's all good): "They all would have all been willing to die, if they hadn't already been in high positions." That is like Firbank, but a touch more substantial.
His assessment of the 'disappearing WASP', which he knows is doing anything but disappearing, is brilliant, and everybody interested in demographics, class hierarchies, political affiliations, ought to read this.
Thanks so much for linking this, one of the most wonderful things I've read in a long time.
Posted 10 March 2010 - 05:40 PM
The Auchinclosses are old society, but they're not old money, BTW. There is no great fortune in the family and if they didn't marry money they had to make it.
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