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Introduction

  • Vincent Piket
Part of the New Directions in American Studies book series

Abstract

In American literature of the post-war period, Louis Auchincloss, born in 1917, ranks among the most fertile and versatile writers. Since 1947, when under the pseudonym of Andrew Lee his first novel, The Indifferent Children, came out, he has averaged a book per year, a productivity which is equalled by only few other American writers. Auchincloss’s works include novels, collections of short stories, plays, literary criticism, biographies, and history. They reflect a diversity of interests, ranging from the morality and psychology of the American middle and upper-middle classes, to American Victorianism and its twentieth-century vestiges, European history from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, and his literary forebears, among them Henry James, Edith Wharton, John O’Hara and John P. Marquand.

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Short Story American Writer Literary Establishment Norman Mailer American Middle 
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Notes

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