False Gods

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1992 - Fiction - 214 pages
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Ancient Greek deities inspire these six twentieth-century New York stories. In "Polyhymnia, Muse of Sacred Song", a would-be priest struggles with his spiritual and aesthetic natures. In "Charity, Goddess of our Day", a young lawyer leaves the family firm to become a zoo fundraiser. In "Hephaestus, God of Newfangled Things", an aged architect reflects on his life's work and the turns it has taken.

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The title of Auchincloss's latest fiction is a variation on his Golden Calves (1988), but his moral sensibility remains the same—an insider's understanding of the sins and vanities of upper- class ... Read full review

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In this collection of six novellas, Auchincloss writes of men under the influence of "false gods.'' Imbued with the spirit of ancient Greek myths, these modern-day tales subtly describe the effects of ... Read full review


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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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