The Rector of Justin

A Novel


Author: Louis Auchincloss

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524234

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“[A] certifiable masterpiece” from the acclaimed chronicler of New York City’s old money elite (The New York Observer). Widely considered Louis Auchincloss’s greatest novel, The Rector of Justin is an astute dissection of the social mores of the Northeast’s privileged establishment. The story centers on Rev. Frank Prescott, the charismatic founder and rector of a prestigious Episcopal school for boys. With laser-sharp insight, Auchincloss delivers a prismatic portrait of this commanding and complicated man through the eyes of those who knew—or thought they knew—him best. Seamlessly interweaving multiple points of view—from an adoring teacher to that of a rebellious daughter—The Rector of Justin presents a social history of the eighty years of his life: the sources of his virtues and failings, his successes, his love, and his crises of faith. As Jonathan Yardley put it in the Washington Post, “Auchincloss is one of the most accomplished and distinctive writers this country has known . . . [and] Frank Prescott is one of the great characters in American fiction.” “A daring and ambitious book . . . Its poise and taste and intelligence strike one on every page, as do its unerring knowledge and literary skill.” —The New Yorker “[The Rector of Justin] should sit on the shelf of any serious reader of American fiction.” —Jay Parini, The New York Observer “A taut and elegant study of a distinguished American whose closest friends cannot decide whether they like or detest him.” —The Times Literary Supplement “Fascinating . . . We do come to feel the reality, the complicated reality, of Francis Prescott.” —Saturday Review “My favorite of Auchincloss’s novels. Both decadent and demanding, high-hat and frank . . . A subversive in lace-up oxfords and rep tie.” —Amy Bloom

Louis Auchincloss

A Writer's Life


Author: Carol W. Gelderman

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570037115

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 267

View: 4914

The fascinating life of Louis Auchincloss, Wall Street lawyer and master novelist. Based on interviews with Auchincloss and access to his private papers, Becoming a Writer takes readers inside some of America's least publicized yet most influential institutions and traces the development of a unique artist. 16-page photo insert.

Writing New England

An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present


Author: Andrew Delbanco

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674006034

Category: History

Page: 463

View: 4037

From John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet to Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Thoreau to Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and John Updike, this anthology provides a collective self-portrait of the New England mind from the Puritans to the present. 9 halftones.

Louis Auchincloss

The Growth of a Novelist


Author: Vincent Piket

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349213667

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

View: 6271

Sara and Eleanor

The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt


Author: Jan Pottker

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466864516

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 3510

We think we know the story of Eleanor Roosevelt--the shy, awkward girl who would marry Franklin Roosevelt and redefine the role of First Lady, becoming a civil rights activist and an inspiration to generations of young women. As legend has it, the bane of Eleanor's life was her demanding and domineering mother-in-law, FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt. Biographers have overlooked the complexity of a relationship that had, over the years, been reinterpreted and embellished by Eleanor herself. Through diaries, letters, and interviews with Roosevelt family and friends, Jan Pottker uncovers a story never before told. The result is a triumphant blend of social history and psychological insight--a revealing look at Eleanor Roosevelt and the woman who made her historic achievements possible.

American Boarding School Fiction, 1928äóñ1981

A Critical Study


Author: Alexander H. Pitofsky

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476616620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 9571

When boarding-school fiction became popular in the 19th century, it tended to be warm and nostalgic, filled with sporting events, practical jokes, and schemes to get even with campus bullies. All of that changed in the era discussed in this book. Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, drops out of one prep school and is expelled from two others. The conflicts between students in John Knowles’s Devon School novels become so heated that two young men die. And in the controversial novel Good Times/Bad Times, James Kirkwood portrays the headmaster of a private academy as closeted, deeply neurotic, and infatuated with an 18-year-old who has recently enrolled at his school. In spite of their unsettling images of anguish and cruelty, these and other American boarding-school novels have attracted large audiences and influenced countless school narratives in fiction, drama, television and film. Many books have been written about British school stories. This is the first study that explores the history of boarding-school fiction in the United States.

The Martyred


Author: Richard E. Kim

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110152877X

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6204

"Written in a mood of total austerity; and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface. . . . I am deeply moved." -Philip Roth During the early weeks of the Korean War, Captain Lee, a young South Korean officer, is ordered to investigate the kidnapping and mass murder of North Korean ministers by Communist forces. For propaganda purposes, the priests are declared martyrs, but as he delves into the crime, Lee finds himself asking: What if they were not martyrs? What if they renounced their faith in the face of death, failing both God and country? Should the people be fed this lie? Part thriller, part mystery, part existential treatise, The Martyred is a stunning meditation on truth, religion, and faith in times of crisis. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Louis Auchincloss


Author: David B. Parsell

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 121

View: 6607

The Embezzler


Author: Louis Auchincloss

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547747578

Category: Fiction

Page: 277

View: 3938

Like Francis Prescott in The Rector of Justin, Guy Prime enjoyed the distinction of having become a legend in his lifetime. But in Guy's case, the legend is one of betrayal and infamy. For the scandal of his embezzlement brought down the delicately balanced structure of the Stock Exchange. The long-honored system of self-government by mutual trust among gentlemen came to an end with the default of one of its brightest stars. The story of Guy's fall is told by the three persons most intimately concerned: Guy himself, Rex Geer, his closest friend, and Angelica, his wife. We see him first through his own eyes — embittered, oddly proud of his peculiar distinction, and entirely unrepentant — the golden boy, the Wall Street manipulator, and finally the old man determined to justify himself to the grandchildren he will never see. Rex and Angelica in turn pick up the same threads of the story, but the threads change color subtly as they pass through different hands. In the end, the reader must decide for himself which is the real Guy Prime. Louis Auchincloss brings to the financial world the same authority and understanding he brought to the worlds of the law (Powers of Attorney), the private school (The Rector of Justin), and the old families of New York (Portrait in Brownstone). Virgilia Peterson, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called The Rector of Justin "not only a passionately interesting, but a spiritually important study of the American character of, and for our time." Her words hold true for The Embezzler.

Developing an Outstanding Core Collection

A Guide for Libraries


Author: Carol Alabaster

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838908198

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

View: 6409

Building on the basics, this comprehensive guide offer ready-to-use advice on developing a collection policy statement, selecting user-appropriate sources, and serving your constituency with the best possible collection.

American writers

a collection of literary biographies


Author: A. Walton Litz

Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference

ISBN: 9780684197869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 418

View: 4695

Includes essays, analysis, and biographies of prominent literary figures of various genres and backgrounds in American literature.

The Headmaster's Dilemma


Author: Louis Auchincloss

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618883424

Category: Fiction

Page: 177

View: 1949

Michael Sayre, the headmaster of Averhill, an exclusive New England prep school, confronts a lawsuit brought by the parents of one of his students, as well as an erosion of support on the part of the board of trustees and senior faculty members.

The History of Winchelsea

One of the Ancient Towns Added to the Cinque Ports


Author: William Durrant Cooper

Publisher: N.A


Category: Winchelsea (England)

Page: 264

View: 5596