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Powers of Attorney by Louis Auchincloss
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Powers of Attorney

by Louis Auchincloss, Joseph Gendron (Contributor)

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This is a series of connected stories that do not exactly make a novel, but which together present a comprehensive portrait of the partners and staff of a somewhat stodgy Wall Street law firm in the middle of the twentieth century. Many of them were published individually in magazines like Scribner's, The New Yorker, and The Saturday Evening Post, back when magazines published decent fiction. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the heck out of all of them. Perceptive as Wharton, more readable than Henry James, Auchincloss belongs in just such company. I'm going to try to find more of his output.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Feb 11, 2017 |
The overall taste is a bt too bitter for me, but I have always liked the first story "Power in Trust" because when young I read many of the Mr. Tutt stories and in this story a very Tutt-like character --old, independent, alcoholic -- is the opponent of the modern head of a klarge law firm, and I could see that Tutt type from the outside, as it were, and see how he could be, at least arguably, wrong, and how the modern type could be justified. ereading it lately, I am not so sure the modern type is entirely in the right, but the initial impression remains wth me. ( )
  antiquary | Apr 18, 2010 |
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