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The Education of Oscar Fairfax

Auchincloss, Louis

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ISBN 10: 0395739187 / ISBN 13: 9780395739181
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 1995
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Purple cloth spine over purple boards, gilt titles. First printing. In this novel, Auchincloss returns to Wall Strreet with characters representing a 3-generation law firm to examine the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which the privileged class influence their society. Unread, as new in like DJ. 225 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 10467

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Title: The Education of Oscar Fairfax

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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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Louis Auchincloss was honored in the year 2000 as a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. He has written more than sixty books, including the story collection Manhattan Monologues and the novel The Rector of Justin. The president of the Academy of Arts and Letters, he resides in New York City.

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