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In this delightful collection of novellas, Auchincloss again evokes the world of New York society that he has made his own special literary territory. Inspired by ancient Greek myths, he has invented six contemporary fables--six lives governed, more or less, by false gods.
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published January 22nd 1992 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1992)
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Kathleen Dixon
May 11, 2010 Kathleen Dixon rated it liked it
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These stories are set in New York society of earlier generations - one begins in 1850, another as a diary in 1925. The time, and the type of society (moneyed, professional) is so completely foreign to my own experience that these stories could easily have not worked for me, but Auchincloss writes his characters in a way that made me very comfortable

The blurb says that 'in every tale a unique moral sensibility holds sway', and he does this very cleverly. A good read.
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6 stories of people with false gods, drawn from mythology, patterns of New York society behavior.
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An excellent collection on the New York set. Only Auchincloss can write this and make it work.
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Louis Stanton Auchincloss was an American novelist, historian, and essayist.

Among Auchincloss's best-known books are the multi-generational sagas The House of Five Talents, Portrait in Brownstone, and East Side Story. Other well-known novels include The Rector of Justin, the tale of a renowned headmaster of a school like Groton trying to deal with changing times, and The Embezzler, a look at white
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