Self and Society, 1936–46

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


In September 1935 Louis Auchincloss enrolled in the Class of ‘39 of Yale University. During his final Groton years he had looked forward to Yale as bringing the longed-for release from the confinement of boarding-school, as the libertine academy which was antithetical to conformism, discipline and Puritan self-restraint. Yale did indeed offer him the release that he craved, as he immersed himself in the literature, movies, dramas and parties which at Groton had been allowed only in small doses. Yet, while college clearly fulfilled Auchincloss’s expectations during his freshman and sophomore years, in his junior year his old sense of predestination to the ‘serious’ and ‘soul-breaking’ men’s world of finance and law once more cropped up. It caused in him a profound sense of guilt concerning his life at Yale, a feeling which finally resulted in his decision to leave college at the end of junior year. He enrolled in the University of Virginia law school, thus aligning himself with his ‘destiny’.


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    For a summary of Auchincloss’s Yale activities, see ‘Louis Stanton Auchincloss’, in Gaspard d’Andelot Belin, Jr, et al. (eds), History of the Class of Nineteen Thirty-Nine, Yale University (New Haven, Conn., 1939) p. 206.Google Scholar
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