Old N.E. money and the corruption behind it

  At Louisburg Square, on Boston's Beacon Hill, a center of old monied New England families.

At Louisburg Square, on Boston's Beacon Hill, a center of old monied New England families.

"{John} Cheever’s writing would reveal a keen sense of what his old New England family had lost. He lovingly bathed his prose in details such as the polished silver, the fragrant linen, the cocktails on the terrace and the sound of someone rolling the tennis court.  He set his stories in boarding schools, country clubs and summer cottages on the sea, and he peopled them with headmasters and shipyard executives, cooks and gardeners, lawyers and ladies who wouldn’t allow beer cans on the dinner table. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald, he romanticized wealth while exposing the corruption behind it.''

-- From the New England Historical Society