Louis Auchincloss (27 September, 1917 – 26 January, 2010) was an American novelist, lawyer, historian and essayist. Most of Mr. Auchincloss ‘books explore the private lives of the upper class (bankers, Wall St., lawyers, etc.) on the East Coast.
- Auchincloss was born in Lawrence, NY
- His last name is pronounced AW-kin-kloss
- Auchincloss served in the US Navy during World War II.
- During his time as a partner in the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, Auchincloss wrote a book a year.
- In 2005, Louis Auchincloss received the National Medal of Arts (see picture).
- During his life time, Mr. Auchincloss published more than 60 books of fiction, non-fiction and literary criticism.
- Edith Wharton was Mr. Auchincloss’ greatest influence, his grandmother summered with her and he even wrote her biography.
- Mr. Auchincloss was third cousin to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a cousin by marriage to Jackie Kennedy.
- Later in life Auchincloss and Kennedy worked together when she was a book editor.
- Gore Vidal said of Auchincloss: “Of all our novelists, Auchincloss is the only one who tells us how our rulers behave in their banks and their boardrooms, their law offices and their clubs…. Not since Dreiser has an American writer had so much to tell us about the role of money in our lives.”
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