An evocative and elegant collection of new stories from an American master.Bringing together twelve previously unpublished pieces, The Young Apollo and Other Stories sparkles with Auchincloss's singular style, and, like East Side Story, his most recent book, reveals in precise, aphoristic prose "not only the textures of this world but also its elemental and evolving truthsAn evocative and elegant collection of new stories from an American master.Bringing together twelve previously unpublished pieces, The Young Apollo and Other Stories sparkles with Auchincloss's singular style, and, like East Side Story, his most recent book, reveals in precise, aphoristic prose "not only the textures of this world but also its elemental and evolving truths" (New York Times). From Edwardian garden parties to the Manhattan demimonde of the 1970s, Auchincloss travels with economical grace and agility in this collection, which illuminates the moral ambiguities, both personal and professional, of New York’s moneyed class. A loving chronicle of a waning world, this new collection is nonetheless an acute and gimlet-eyed portrait that refuses to shy away from its characters' less than savory ambitions and desires. In the title story, an older man eulogizes his young friend, the golden Lionel Manning--muse to the artists he gathered round himself and preserved forever in memory as the beautiful thirty-one-year-old man he was at death--only to reveal that despite Lionel’s burgeoning reputation as a poet, he could inspire genius but not produce it. The Young Apollo and Other Stories crystallizes a world now gone but forever fixed in our romantic imaginations, uncovering its flaws and all too human foibles, as well as its considerable charms....
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The Young Apollo and Other Stories Reviews
October 2009I’m not sure what to make of Louis Auchincloss. He’s written over sixty books, but I’ve never heard of the man before. Since everything about him, and this collection, reeks of old money and older blood, I wonder if I shouldn’t know anything about him--as if Auchincloss, belonging to the fabled world of the idle rich, would never write for a mere commoner such as myself. The rich are better than you and me, of course (of course), and the fact that I bought The Young Apollo and Other Stories at a post-holiday clearance sale--for less than its original price!--was clearly a mistake. This book, and his others, are for the enjoyment of old East Coast families, the New York and Washington elite, and I should expect someone’s private militia (or lawyer) to knock down my front door and take it back. Any moment now.But that’s just me. Clearly Auchincloss has talent; it’s evident in these stories. He may not be well-known (to me, at least), but he does seem to stick to what he knows--and what he knows is his social class. I’d expect nothing less: as O’Connor wrote about the South and Cheever depicted middle-class suburbanites and expatriates, so Auchincloss has the upper crust.In this collection, Auchincloss reveals the outcasts and oddities even in the highest circles: those titans who have risen to the top and see no equal, fanatical opponents of the changing times, social climbers who find themselves betrayed by their own students, and, in the title story, enchanting young men who inspire others to greatness but are incapable of inspiring themselves. Any alienation the reader may feel comes not from the distance between “us” and “them”--that is, high society and our own social class--but from the distance these characters place between themselves and any social class. One story, “The Grandeur That Was Byzantium,” seems to stick out, due to being set 1,600 years before the others; however, as a brief scene with two Roman officials discussing the changing times (those newfangled Christians are a strange bunch), it fits well with the others.While “The Young Apollo” was a fine story, I can’t help but wonder if this collection should have been called A Case History and Other Stories instead. After all, like the psychologist writing about the life of a homosexual client in “A Case History,” most of the other stories are, in one way or another, case histories: detailed and intimate studies of prominent lawyers, businessmen, politicians, writers, wives, and society matrons, revealed in memoirs (“The Young Apollo”, “Lady Kate”), diaries (“Due Process”), and even paintings (“The Artist’s Model”). The Young Apollo and Other Stories is a nice introduction to Auchincloss, and the volume of his other work (spanning fiction, nonfiction, and short fiction) offers plenty of choices for anyone—filthy commoner, nouveau riche, and old money alike--who is curious to read more.More by AuchinclossManhattan MonologuesThe Atonement and Other StoriesThe Friend of Women and Other StoriesThe Anniversary and Other StoriesThree Lives
I can see now why I'd never heard of this author despite all he's written.