The Late George Apley

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The Late George Apley is a 1937 novel by John Phillips Marquand. It is a satire of Boston's upper class. The title character is a Harvard-educated WASP living on Beacon Hill in downtown Boston.

The book was acclaimed as the first "serious" work by Marquand, who had previously been known for his Mr. Moto spy novels and other popular fiction. It was a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1938. An article in The New Yorker decades later called the book the "best-wrought fictional monument to the nation's Protestant elite that we know of."[1]

In 1944 it was adapted as a Broadway play, and in 1947, it was made into a feature film starring Ronald Colman. In 1955 20th Century Fox produced a TV series starring Raymond Massey and Joanne Woodward that ran until 1957.[2]


  1. ^ Spaulding, Martha. "Martini Age Victorian", The Atlantic, May 2004.
  2. ^ The Late George Apley television series 1955-57; Retrieved March 5, 2017

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