American novelist, short-story writer, lawyer, historian and critic Louis Auchincloss (1917-2010) was born in Lawrence, New York. Auchincloss attended Yale University from 1935 to 1939 and was an editor of the Yale Literary Magazine during his studies there. Auchincloss graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1941. While practicing law in New York State from 1941 to 1986, he penned many of his novels and short stories. He is best known for his novels of manners set in the world of contemporary upper-class New York City. Auchincloss also published critical works on other writers, such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. Auchincloss's recognition for his literary and historical work include the New York State Governor's Art Award and the National Medal of Arts, both awarded in 2005, and honorary degrees from New York University in 1974, Pace University in 1979, the University of the South in 1986, and State University of New York at Geneseo, 2002. The collection includes six uncorrected page proofs of The Dark Lady (1977); The House of the Prophet (1980); Life, Law and Letters: Essays and Sketches (1979); The Partners; Persons of Consequence: Queen Victoria and Her Circle (1974); and The Winthrop Covenant (1976); a galley proof of his novel I Come as a Thief (1972), an advance review copy of his critical study Edith Wharton: A Woman in Her Time (1972); and the manuscript for Second Chance: Tales of Two Generations (1970).
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