By John Williams
WINNER OF THE 1973 nationwide publication AWARD
By the writer of Stoner
In Augustus, his 3rd nice novel, John Williams took on a wholly new problem, a historic narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the lifetime of the founding father of the Roman Empire. to inform the tale, Williams became to the epistolary novel, a style that was once new to him, remodeling and transcending it simply as he did the western in Butcher's Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the ultimate triumph of a author who has become well-known all over the world as an American grasp.
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The other replied, gravely: “Last summer her friends perceived that she was working and worrying too hard, and would persuade her to go to one of the lakes for a few days, and go in swimming; that is how I came to see the mark. ” “I never had any doubts about that,” replied the American. ” “We need more of those notes, Herr Schmidt. People expected so much of Mr. Irma Barnes, who drove expensive cars, dressed in the height of fashion, and lived in elegant villas in the most delightful parts of the earth!
They might be made to serve very useful purposes; for one thing, as a counterweight to French political upstarts who had a tendency to become extremely arrogant, on account of their country’s great store of gold; and for a second thing, as a check upon Russia. ” exclaimed Lanny. ” Wherever an American art expert traveled, in Europe, in England, in America, he found the privileged classes, his own kind of people, hypnotized by the Fuhrer’s flaming denunciations of Communism and the Red Menace. In vain Lanny tried to make them realize that no slogan meant anything to Hitler, except the gaining and keeping of power; political opinions were an arsenal of weapons from which he picked up those which served his need at a certain moment of conflict.
He by-passed London bound for Oxfordshire and home; he had wired Irma, and Mr. or “Comrade” Monck would have to wait a day or two longer. He stopped the car and she clambered in beside him, to drive a hundred feet or so; there was a present for her in the seat, but she mustn’t unwrap it until she got her wet things off. She had been taught to do things for herself, and nobody had been permitted to tell her that she would some day be abnormally wealthy. She wanted it read to her right away, but Irma said that she and Lanny had much to talk about, and sent the little one off to the governess, whose accomplishments included French.