A Voice from Old New York: A Memoir of My Youth by Louis Auchincloss

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A Voice from Old New York: A Memoir of My Youth

'“Incisive, perceptive, openminded, open-hearted, and civilized, just like the rest of [Auchincloss’s] work.” —Booklist   “The prolific author’s last book is a farewell to a way of life that was gone before he was. . . . [Auchincloss] was the ideal chronicler of Gotham’s smart set and an apt student of the upper echelons of a putative classless society. . . . Throughout the memoir, the author’s prose is lapidary, graceful and eminently readable. In a world of postmodern letters, Auchincloss draws a curtain on a premodern, Whartonesque way of life. An anthropological guide to the phantom politesse of Old New York, rendered as neatly as ever.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Graceful and entertaining . . . Excellent.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “Too often pigeonholed and/or dismissed as a mere chronicler of the manners of the Northeastern upper class, [Auchincloss] was in fact a writer of rare skill and range, and his best books should find readers for a long time. . . . ‘A Voice from Old New York’ brings his career to a fit conclusion, a fine little book that may help readers understand that his literary legacy is far more complex and durable than most of his critics acknowledge.” —The Washington Post   “Louis Auchincloss’s memoir largely manages to be entertaining and occasionally even moving.” —The Boston Globe   “Often captivating . . . It is a pleasure . . . to have one more chance to read the graceful, patrician Auchincloss prose and to spend a few more moments in his Whartonesque world.” —The Wall Street Journal'
'“Incisive, perceptive, openminded, open-hearted, and civilized, just like the rest of [Auchincloss’s] work.” —Booklist   “The prolific author’s last book is a farewell to a way of life that was gone before he was. . . . [Auchincloss] was the ideal chronicler of Gotham’s smart set and an apt student of the upper echelons of a putative classless society. . . . Throughout the memoir, the author’s prose is lapidary, graceful and eminently readable. In a world of postmodern letters, Auchincloss draws a curtain on a premodern, Whartonesque way of life. An anthropological guide to the phantom politesse of Old New York, rendered as neatly as ever.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Graceful and entertaining . . . Excellent.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “Too often pigeonholed and/or dismissed as a mere chronicler of the manners of the Northeastern upper class, [Auchincloss] was in fact a writer of rare skill and range, and his best books should find readers for a long time. . . . ‘A Voice from Old New York’ brings his career to a fit conclusion, a fine little book that may help readers understand that his literary legacy is far more complex and durable than most of his critics acknowledge.” —The Washington Post   “Louis Auchincloss’s memoir largely manages to be entertaining and occasionally even moving.” —The Boston Globe   “Often captivating . . . It is a pleasure . . . to have one more chance to read the graceful, patrician Auchincloss prose and to spend a few more moments in his Whartonesque world.” —The Wall Street Journal'
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 9780547504841 Pages: 224