By Louis Auchincloss
For Louis Auchincloss, existence and letters should not issues yet one. It consequently comes as no shock that once he writes approximately writers, their lives are regarded as heavily as 'their works. he's taking what this present day is a refreshingly unpopular place: that the artist and his paintings can't be teased aside, that biography fe feedback and feedback biography. For Mr. Auchincloss, all of it boils right down to that maxim of Buffon's: "the style's the man," the fellow at the back of the book.
The twenty-three writers mentioned listed here are a combined lot — English, American, and French; novelists, poets, and playwrights; Jacobeans, Victorians, and moderns — but each one has intended greatly to Mr. Auchincloss as a reader and a author. a few of them are classics, and primary Auchincloss matters: Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry James, Ivy Compton-Burnett. Others, between them Prosper Merimee, Harold Frederic, and Amy Lowell, have been well-known as soon as yet are actually vague. of their instances it truly is Mr. Auchincloss's self-described activity "to discover the explanations for his or her fall from grace," purposes that turn out to be unfailingly own in addition to creative. yet as Mr. Auchincloss could really compliment and percentage than rattling and brush off, it's also his job "to search the parts in their paintings that can nonetheless advantage attention."
Alfred Kazin as soon as famous that Mr. Auchincloss's essays are marked by way of "perfect literary grace and wit." those characteristics have by no means been so obvious as during this quantity, an off-the-cuff learn of a few of the author's favourite books and the interesting artists at the back of them.