Louis Auchincloss

January 29, 2010 at 2:48 am (books, Remembrance)

Louis Auchincloss, a writer I admire, has passed away at age 92. I have sampled Auchincloss’s works from time to time, especially when I felt like reading about the monied upper  classes. He could write on other subjects – I recall enjoying False Dawn: Women in the Age of the Sun King – but he always returned to the world he knew best, having been raised in it and been at home in it his entire life

In regard to its themes and preoccupations, Auchincloss’s fiction has frequently been compared to that of Edith Wharton (whom his grandmother knew). It is an apt comparison.

Louis Auchincloss was extremely prolific. A complete list of his works can be found on Wikipedia. The last novel I read by him was East Side Story. I recommend it. 

Here is the obituary in the New York Times.

Auchincloss was a friend of Brooke Astor’s and was quoted several times by Meryl Gordon in her book Mrs. Astor Regrets. Now Mr. Auchincloss and Mrs. Astor are both gone, and an entire era with them.

Louis Auchincloss: 1917 - 2010


  1. Nan said,

    Do you think it matters where one begins reading his work? I think Book Class is the one I read.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      No, I think you can jump into his oeuvre pretty much anywhere.

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