Her Infinite Variety

Her Infinite Variety

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From one of America's greatest men of letters, our sublime master of manners, comes his long-awaited new novel, HER INFINITE VARIETY. Louis Auchincloss has been called "our most astute observer of moral paradox among the affluent" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.), his fiction described as that which "has always examined what makes life worth living" (Washington Post Book World). Now he brings us the rollicking tale of an unforgettable woman of mid-twentieth century America: the devilish, forever plotting, yet wholly beguiling Clara Hoyt.

A romantic early in life, Clara gets engaged -- much to her mother's horror -- to the lackluster Bobbie Lester. Soon after her Vassar graduation, however, Clara sees the error of her ways, spurns Bobbie, and slyly enthralls the well-bred and fabulously wealthy Trevor Hoyt, the first of her husbands. Soon she lands a job at a tony magazine, and so begins her wildly entertaining course to the inner sanctum of New York's aristocracy and into the boardrooms of the publishing world.

In a world where women still had to wield the weapons of allure and charm, above all else, to secure positions of power, Clara, one of the last of her kind, succeeds marvelously. Auchincloss gives us, in Clara, an irresistible Cleopatra, lovely, wily, and mercurial. As Shakespeare wrote of that feminine creation, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety."


Baker & Taylor
Follows the life and loves of Clara Hoyt from the 1930s to the 1950s, as she makes use of her charm and determination to chart her way from the haunts of New York's wealthy aristocracy to the boardrooms of the publishing world.

Blackwell North Amer
A romantic early in life, Clara gets engaged - much to her mother's horror - to the lackluster Bobbie Lester. Soon after her Vassar graduation, however, Clara sees the error of her ways, spurns Bobbie, and slyly enthralls the well-bred and fabulously wealthy Trevor Hoyt, the first of her husbands. Soon she lands a job at a magazine, and so begins her wildly entertaining course to the inner sanctum of New York's aristocracy and into the boardrooms of the publishing world.
In that world, where women still had to wield the weapons of allure and charm, above all else, to secure positions of power, Clara, one of the last of her kind, succeeds marvelously. Auchincloss gives us, in Clara, an irresistible Cleopatra, lovely, wily, and mercurial. As Shakespeare wrote of that feminine creation, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety."

Baker
& Taylor

Follows the life and loves of the beguiling and mischievous Clara Hoyt from the 1930s to the 1950s, as she makes her use of her legendary allure, charm, and determination to chart her way from the glittering and exclusive haunts of New York's wealthy aristocracy to the boardrooms of the publishing world.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000
ISBN: 9780618021918
0618021914
9780395970744
0395970741
Branch Call Number: FICTION AUCHINCLOSS
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 22 cm

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