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False Gods - Louis Auchincloss

Constable, 1993, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned, leaves tanned at the margins.

From the cover: “Inspired by the colourful mosaic of ancient Greek myths, Louis Auchincloss has created six equally contemporary fables — six lives governed by false gods. Hermes, or in Auchincloss’s interpretation, ‘god of the self-made man’, is a Jewish lawyer who finds acceptance into WASP society only at greatest personal cost; Hephaestus is a bachelor designer of Palladian villas whose young bride, enamoured of new-fangled things, compels him to ‘go modern’. In other stories, a former World War II Officer, guided perhaps by the goddess Athene, escapes a sinking cruise ship by disguising himself as a woman; and a Catholic convert, distracted by the muse Polyhymnia, is torn between his priestly duties and his worldly social and artistic ambitions. In every tale a unique moral sensibility holds sway, revealing how the pagan impulse may surface in the most unlikely and provocative situations, compromising even the noblest of spirits. In this elegant sequence of fables, Louis Auchincloss once again evokes the beguiling, complex world of New York society that he has made his own special literary landscape.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 214
ISBN: 0094719802