Tales of Manhattan Author:Louis Auchincloss Manhattan Island is a skinny piece of land which comprises only one of the five boroughs of New York City. But this borough contains the stock market, the great banks and law offices, the art galleries, the theatres, the luxury hotels, and the best clubs. Also, the people who belong to them. No one can write of these people with more authorit... more »y than Louis Auchincloss.
Book Club Edition
Tales of Manhattan is divided into three parts. "Memories of an Auctioneer" reveals the background of certain works of art that have come into the hands of the Philip Hone gallery. None of the men who created or owned these things is quite what he seems and the clues to their characters and actions are subtle and sometimes contradictory.
"Arnold & Degener, One Chase Manhattan Plaza" is a distinguished law firm, whose members write about each other and themselves and the society they live in. The senior partner is shown as seen by his colleagues, by himself, and by the men who will succeed him; and though the viewpoints differ, they fuse into a consistent picture.
"The Matrons" are the women who rule New York society -- most of them old, all of them entrenched in power through family and money. Some use their power cleverly, and some are almost destroyed by it. But it is there in all of them.
Louis Auchincloss's books of short stories are not random collections. They are unified by a common theme. In Tales of Manhattan the pattern is broken into three parts but the thread of a common background holds them together. One can easily imagine the characters in this book sitting down at the same well-appointed dinner table.« less