Milestones: J. P. MARQUAND

You Can Go Home Again

THE typical Marquand hero reaches the point of no return when he draws his first breath. In later years, during the inevitable, muted crises, he will ask himself where he took the decisive turn. Was it the school he went to? The wife he married, or did not marry? The job he took? His creator, one of the best social novelists the U.S.has produced, considered these questions vital. Again and again, he said that men are shaped by their environment, and no writer could match him in describing the environments that cradled or smothered, polished...

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