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Louis S. Auchincloss papers

 Collection
Identifier: Spec-Coll-00003

Scope and Content

This collection consists of four drafts of "I Come As A Thief", a novel by Louis S. Auchincloss, depicting the rise and fall of a privileged Wall Street attorney. It was 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 second and third draft are typed, some with numerous insertions on yellow legal paper, running several pages in length. These drafts also contain many deletions, additions, and corrections. The fourth and final draft of the book was submitted to the publisher.

Dates

  • 1970-1972

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use of this collection.

Biography of Louis S. Auchincloss

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.

Extent

.42 linear feet

Overview

This collection consists of four drafts of "I Come As A Thief", a novel by Louis S. Auchincloss, depicting the rise and fall of a privileged Wall Street attorney. It was 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 second and third draft are typed, some with numerous insertions on yellow legal paper, running several pages in length. These drafts also contain many deletions, additions, and corrections. The fourth and final draft of the book was submitted to the publisher.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by the Friends of the Library of Case Western Reserve University in 1977 at the request of the CWRU department of English. The department requested a manuscript containing an author's corrections and emendations of text as an example of how an author creates a written work.
Title
Finding aid for the Louis S. Auchincloss Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections staff
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States
216.368.0189