Overview

 

I gotthe germ of this tale from an incident in the life of George Templeton Strong recorded in an unpublished section of his famous diary. I later developed it into an article which appeared in my volume of essays, Reflections of a Jacobite. My first attempt to fictionalize it was the short story "In the Beauty of the Lilies" that became a part of The Winthrop Covenant. This novel is my final development of the theme.

- Louis Auchincloss

Dexter Fairchild, lawyer ...

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Watchfires

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Overview

 

I gotthe germ of this tale from an incident in the life of George Templeton Strong recorded in an unpublished section of his famous diary. I later developed it into an article which appeared in my volume of essays, Reflections of a Jacobite. My first attempt to fictionalize it was the short story "In the Beauty of the Lilies" that became a part of The Winthrop Covenant. This novel is my final development of the theme.

- Louis Auchincloss

Dexter Fairchild, lawyer and member of the New York elite, and his wife Rosalie, emerge as the central characters in a family saga spanning three generations. Their tumultuous marriage and moral struggles parallel the social and political upheaval of the Civil War era.

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Anne Tyler
. . .elegant prose is rare enough these days to make Watchfires pleasant reading. . . .Long recognized as our most observant and perhaps our only novelist of manners, Louis Auchincloss is at his best here wryly chronicling society's attempts to gloss over vulgar reality. . . .Watchfires lacks the depth that makes a book stay on in the reader's mind, but it's nonetheless accomplished and graceful. -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547790534
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/20/1982
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,217,017
  • File size: 310 KB

Meet the Author

Louis Auchincloss was honored in the year 2000 as a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. During his long career he wrote more than sixty books, including the story collection Manhattan Monologues and the novel The Rector of Justin. The former president of the Academy of Arts and Letters, he resided in New York City until his death in January 2010.

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