Louis Begley’s books include Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters and the novel Wartime Lies. His tenth novel, Memories of a Marriage, will be published this summer.
Finding college life “depressing…to a point where [he] could not go on” John “Buffy” Glassco decamped for Paris. Forty years later, he reconstructed this memoir à clef of his rollicking youth among the haute bohemians of the day, including Hemingway, Joyce, Djuna Barnes, and Kay Boyle.
The savage conclusion of The Other House makes it one of the most disturbing and memorable of Henry James’s depictions of the uncontrollable passions that lie beneath the polished veneer of civilized life.