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.
From the Inside Flap
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.