Three Lives

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Houghton Mifflin, 1993 - Fiction - 213 pages
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"With Three Lives, Louis Auchincloss turns in another commanding performance as our most entertaining and intelligent chronicler of monied society, a world as morally complex as it is privileged." "In "The Epicurean," Nat Chisolm is a relentless seeker of pleasure, a man whose financial ease and energetic pursuit of enjoyable diversions only make him more aware of his emotional bankruptcy. Alida Vermeule is "The Realist," an ambitious woman who engineers her husband's ascent as a lawyer and exercises the limited power available to women of her time in remarkably unlimited ways. And in "The Stoic," George Manville takes the virtuous example of his investment-banker mentor to new levels of puritanism, living an ascetic's life governed by the stringent checks and balances of the ledger sheets he cherishes more than any human being. Indirectly governed by different schools of philosophy, each of these three characters must make his own concrete, irrevocable decisions - and accept the consequences." "Auchincloss balances piercing shrewdness with a deep sympathy for his characters. Three Lives confirms his place in the landscape as one of America's most elegant and entertaining writers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The writer of these stories, a former lawyer and prolific author of fiction and nonfiction, again uses his knowledge of law and upper-class New York society to present in his inimitably elegant style ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Louis Auchincloss was born on September 27, 1917 in New York. He attended Groton College and Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War ll. A practicing attorney, Auchincloss wrote his first novel, "The Indifferent Children," in 1947 under the pseudonym Andrew Lee, establishing a dual career as a successful lawyer and writer. Born into a socially prominent family, Auchincloss generally writes about society's upper class. Strong family connections, well-bred manners, and corporate boardrooms are subject matter in such novels as "Portrait in Brownstone" and "I Come As a Thief." He has also written several biographical and critical works on such notable writers as Edith Wharton and Henry James. Auchincloss was President of the Museum of the City of New York.

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