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"The Great World and Louis Auchincloss" (1974) Summary and Analysis

As a chronicler of The Establishment and the making and spending of vast fortunes, Louis Auchincloss is without peer in American literature, according to Vidal as he considers The Partners, a collection of short stories about a New York law firm that prefigures the work of John Grisham by 30 years. Born into a wealthy, elite Eastern family, Auchincloss lets the reader in on the real nature of life in the ruling class and says of Wall Street, "never shall I forget the horror inspired in me by those narrow dark streets and those tall sooty towers."

Vidal reveals his familial tie to Louis Auchincloss with the confession that "from the time I was 10 until I was 16 years old my stepfather was Hugh D. Auchincloss," and recalls meeting...

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