The Education of Oscar Fairfax

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 25, 1995 - Fiction - 225 pages
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In this wise and masterly novel, Louis Auchincloss gives us a man who takes the measure of himself - and his times - with the art and insight of a new Henry Adams. Linking three generations of a Wall Street law firm, The Education of Oscar Fairfax provides a revealing portrait of the American upper classes throughout our century. The story opens in 1908, as St. Luke's Cathedral rises stone by stone on lower Broadway and young Oscar learns a lesson in compromise at the knee of its bishop, his grandfather. His schooling continues at St. Augustine's, where he sees a schoolmaster's high ideals exposed as fantasy, and at Yale, where Oscar's literary ambitions are tempered by a brilliant but ruthless classmate who proves that "the juiciest tidbit for many a writer is the hand that fed him." As an adult, Oscar is one who profoundly affects others, whether he is subtly influencing a Supreme Court justice during the New Deal era, acting as mentor to a talented local boy in a Maine resort town,
 

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Born into privilege at the turn of the century, Oscar Fairfax slides gracefully through life from St. Augustine's (a prestigious Episcopal school for boys) to Yale to Paris, Washington, and New York ... Read full review

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FATHER AND GOD
IVORY TOWERS
SOME MEN ARE ISLANDS
THE NOVOCAINE OF ILLUSION
DUE PROCESS
THE UNHAPPY WARRIOR
A MANS REACH
MY SON MY SON
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM?
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Louis Auchincloss was honored in the year 2000 as a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. During his long career he wrote more than sixty books, including the story collection Manhattan Monologues and the novel The Rector of Justin. The former president of the Academy of Arts and Letters, he resided in New York City until his death in January 2010.

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