Louis Auchincloss

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Louis Auchincloss, born September 27, 1917, in New York City, is a prolific novelist, historian and essayist. He grew up among the privileged classes he was to write about, attending Groton and Yale University. After serving in the Navy in World War II, Auchincloss wondered whether to become a writer or a lawyer and finally realized he could do both, producing a fiction book a year while serving as a wills and trusts attorney with a major Wall Street law firm.

Among Auchincloss's best-known books are the multigenerational sagas The House of Five Talents and Portrait in Brownstone; The Rector of Justin, the tale of the beloved headmaster of a school like Groton trying to deal with changing times; and The Embezzler, a look at white-collar crime. Auchincloss has patterned his writing after that of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

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