Item #5008 Exit Lady Masham. Louis Auchincloss.

Exit Lady Masham

Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1983. Signed First Edition. Leather hardbound. Near Fine+ / No dust jacket issued. Item #5008

In Near Fine condition with just a touch of bumping to corners, signed by Louis Auchincloss. Gold gilded page edges and marbled end sheets. Sewn in pages for durability and satin page marker. Fire engine red leather bound hardback with a gold leaf filigree design. In pristine condition. Physically this edition is truly a publisher's calling card of fine book making. A fine gift or addition to a growing personal library. Parrish Books guarantees all signatures as authentic.

Transporting readers to 1700s England during Queen Anne's reign, this unique historical novel delves into the geopolitical tensions between Britain and France over the Spanish throne. With unexpected cameos from notable historical figures such as Jonahthan Swift, renowned for his works "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal." The narrative also explores the complexities of female friendship transcending class and historical conflict.

Louis Auchincloss, like Edith Wharton and Henry James, wrote extensively of class identity and aristocracy. He described Versailles as “a Kafka-like nightmare of royal bureaucracy.” He was a fan of John Updike, Tom Wolfe and the notoriously cranky Norman Mailer, telling Mailer after a spat that they were essentially the same person: "We put on black ties and go out to silly parties in the evening, and we publish our wet dreams. So what the hell?” Though he frequented the rules of polite society as topics of his novels, he was politically outspoken, describing the Bushes as "a family of giant shits," though this did not stop him from accepting the National Medal of the Arts from President George W. Bush, insisting that he accepted the prize from the standing US President, an honor he could not himself turn down. Auchincloss was described by his biographer Christopher Dahl as "too prolific for his own good." He wrote more than 60 books.

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