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The Collected Stories of Louis Auchincloss

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"Auchincloss belongs among the masters of American short fiction", Kirkus Reviews recently noted, calling for "a fat collection spanning his forty-plus years of story-writing". Here at last is just that book, a treasury of Louis Auchincloss's finest stories and novellas, selected by the author.
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1994)
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Gabriel Valjan
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite story in this collection is "Gemlike Flame." Young Peter Westcott is abroad in Venice, rounding off his education on the Continent as young men and women did in those days, when he calls upon his older cousin Clarence "Clarry" McClintock who is abroad as an erstwhile painter and esthete, enjoying his family money and privacy. Their meeting is interrupted by the near penniless Neddy Bane, also abroad but for different reasons: he has fled his responsibilities, which include a wife in ...more
Chad Walker
I went back and forth on this one. Like many critics charge, they are a little facile and overdetermined, oftentimes with paper-thin characterizations and heavy-handed symbolism. And I'm not sure how well these stories will hold up in another fifty-sixty years.

But Auchincloss is certainly a good storyteller, and several of these are pretty entertaining. "The Stoic," "The Gemlike Flame," "The Mavericks" and "The Prince and the Pauper" were among my favorites, though I might add one or two others
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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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