Louis Auchincloss Additional Biography


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

A second-generation Wall Street lawyer, Louis Stanton Auchincloss was born September 27, 1917, at Lawrence, Long Island, the summer home of his parents, J. Howland Auchincloss and the former Priscilla Stanton. Educated at Groton School and at Yale University, Auchincloss began writing as a teenager and submitted his first finished novel as an undergraduate. Although the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons expressed interest in his planned second novel even as the firm rejected his first, young Auchincloss saw fit to take the rejection as an omen of sorts and embark on a law career with all deliberate speed. Actively seeking the best law school that would accept him without a bachelor’s degree, he left Yale University after three years and enrolled in1938 at the University of Virginia Law School, having presumably renounced literature for life.

In retrospect, Auchincloss’s impulsive decision to leave Yale University prior to graduation turned out to have been a timely one; after receiving his law degree in 1941, he was hired by the well-known Wall Street firm of Sullivan and Cromwell and was actually able to practice his profession for several months before the United States went to war, with a job awaiting him upon his return from inevitable military service.

Commissioned in the Navy, Auchincloss served in both the Atlantic and Pacific war theaters after an initial posting to the Canal Zone, an area little touched by the war, where he began to reconsider the option of creative writing. The young officer kept his...

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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Louis Stanton Auchincloss was born September 27, 1917, in Lawrence, New York, a village on Long Island where his parents owned a vacation house. Their permanent residence was New York City’s upper East Side, where Auchincloss has spent his entire life except for his years of education and military service. His parents, Joseph and Priscilla Auchincloss, were related to many prominent families in New York City society. Auchincloss attended the Bovee School for Boys and graduated from the prestigious Groton School, where his English teacher, Malcolm Strachan, fostered his literary interests. He entered Yale University in 1935 with plans to become a writer, only to withdraw several months short of graduation in 1939 after his initial efforts at publication had been rejected. Deciding instead to pursue a career in law, he received his degree from the University of Virginia in 1941 and worked briefly for the firm of Sullivan and Cromwell in New York before joining the U.S. Navy.

During World War II, Auchincloss served in Naval Intelligence in the Panama Canal Zone and as a gunnery officer on landing ship tanks off the coast of France. Later he was commanding officer on similar craft in the Pacific Ocean. Returning to Sullivan and Cromwell after World War II, Auchincloss again tried his hand at creative writing, this time with demonstrable success. His first novel, The Indifferent Children, incorporated some of his experiences in the Navy and used an...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Initially recognized as a younger competitor to John P. Marquand and John O’Hara, two novelists noted for their deft portrayals of business and society in fiction, Louis Auchincloss (AW-kihn-klahs) soon distinguished himself as their equal. Auchincloss’s name has come to be identified with the tradition of the “novel of manners.” Acknowledging his debt to Henry James and Edith Wharton, as well as to Marcel Proust and other European masters of the form, Auchincloss went on during the 1960’s to develop this genre in its contemporary mode.{$S[A]Lee, Andrew;Auchincloss, Louis}

Louis Stanton Auchincloss was born on Long Island, New York, the second son and third child of a successful Wall Street lawyer. The...

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