The Late George Apley by John P Marquand is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Published in 1937, the fictional story recounts the life of a wealthy Bostonian gentleman. Told in the voice of the late Apley’s close friend who is, at the request of Apley’s son,writing a biography of the great man, the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Apley via copious written correspondence and anecdotes.
George Apley is an ethical man with high moral standards and the courage of his convictions. He’s a snob who views his opinions as above others. However, he uses his vast wealth in effort to maintain his status quo. In essence, George wants life, his life, to remain the same because he feels secure in it.
This is an excellent portrayal of a man of privilege living in Boston during the early part of the 20th century. I am grateful to have read this novel because, over a hundred years later, so much of it still rings true. I highly recommend it!