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"Louis Auchincloss is one of the best writers alive. He has probed the
American character more boldly and more intelligently than many of his more celebrated contemporaries."
—Susan Cheever --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Louis Auchincloss has been celebrated as one of the best American novelists of our time. The Rector of Justin, originally published in 1964, is widely considered to be his most ambitious novel and his greatest achievement.
The terrain is familiar, vintage Auchincloss, in its astute dissection of the social mores of the Northeast's privileged establishment. The story centers on a prestigious Episcopal school for boys and its commanding, charismatic founder, Frank Prescott, a man whose lifelong goal was to head such a school. With laser-sharp insight, Auchincloss portrays the evolution of this man and the sources of his virtues and failings, his successes, and his crises of faith. Seamlessly interweaving multiple points of view?from an adoring teacher to that of a rebellious daughter?Auchincloss captures the brilliant totality of a man. Through the personalities and memories of six intense observers, a psychologically complex social history of the eighty years of his life emerges.
This new edition contains an Afterword by the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This may be a "classic" to men from an earlier generation who attended an Ivy League preparatory school via nepotism but it is of limited interest generally. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Teadrinker
What a great story, and what a great writer. The story is told from several perspectives, and simply nails the life and outlooks of the people who populated these schools, at this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark L. Elliott
This book provides a character portrait of the head of a fictional prepatory Academy in New England during the first half of the 20th century from the perspective of six different... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The kind of novel "they don't write anymore" was written for the class of Americans who don't read as much anymore -- but THE RECTOR OF JUSTIN is well worth pursuing even... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allen Smalling
I have completely given up on the modern authors and have gone back to reading earlier works of fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Morrison
An intelligent and deftly narrated account that brings personal/academic sensitivities to the fore.Published 4 months ago by julian p. quarles
The rector of Justin is the story of Frank Prescott, the legendary founder of a prestigious New England boarding school. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Remi Zagari
This book is nothing short of magnificent. The elegance and clarity of the language, the clever construction and the fascinating character of Prescott are ingredients in a heady... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deedles
A must-read to appreciate the Golden Age and the influence of influence; eminently readable style.Published 9 months ago by S. D. Bartlett