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Biography: Louis S. Auchincloss (1917-2010)
Louis Stanton Auchincloss was born on September 27, 1917 in Lawrence, New York. to Joseph and Priscilla Auchincloss.
Auchincloss attended Groton and Yale, and received a degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1941. He was hired by the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell later that year. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Europe and the Pacific in World War II. After the war he returned to New York, resumed his law practice, and later became a partner in the firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood. In his spare time he began to write.
His first book, The Indifferent Children, was published in 1947 under the pseudonym Andrew Lee. Known for his works of fiction chronicling America's patrician class, he also published several works of non-fiction such as his biography of Theodore Roosevelt and his memoir, A Writer's Capital. Auchincloss wrote an average of a book a year, totaling 60 books in all before his death in Manhattan on January 26, 2010, aged 92.
Scope and Content Note
Contained here are four drafts of Auchincloss' I Come As A Thief, a novel depicting the rise and fall of a privileged Wall Street attorney, published in 1972.
The first draft is written in pencil on 128 yellow legal size sheets of paper, containing many deletions, additions and corrections, as well as a type-written draft.
The following drafts of the book are typed, some with numerous insertions on yellow legal paper, running several pages in length. These drafts also contain many deletions, additions, and corrections.
Included is the final draft of the book that was submitted to the publisher.
The manuscript was acquired by the Friends of the Library of Case Western Reserve University in 1977 at the request of the Department of English. The department approached Special Collections for their need of a manuscript that contained the author’s corrections and emendations of text in order to use it as a demonstration of the way in which an established author works on his material.