Books: Examples Skinny Island

by Louis Auchincloss Houghton Mifflin; 230 pages; $17.95

Author Louis Auchincloss has produced some 30 books of fiction, an impressive amount in anyone's case, but even more so for a Wall Street lawyer, recently retired, who writes in his spare time. This productivity has been devoted primarily to variations on a central theme: the manners and mores of well-to- do New Yorkers, not restricted to the fabled 400 of old Manhattan society but not much exceeding a few thousand either. There are those who think this subject was pretty well exhausted by the time Henry James and Edith Wharton got through with it. Others argue that portraits of the...

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