Currently alive, at 99 years of age.
1917 – Born on the 27th of September in Lawrence, New York.
1939 – Graduated in Yale University, where he was editor of the Yale Literary Magazine, and a member of Scroll and Key Society.
1941 – He was admitted to and attended law school of the University of Virginia), writing a novel per year whilst working as a wills and trusts attorney with Hawkins, Delafield & Wood.
1960-1962 – His best-known books are the multi-generational sagas The House of Five Talents; and Portrait in Brownstone.
1964 – East Side Story; The Rector of Justin, the tale of the beloved headmaster of a school like Groton trying to deal with changing times.
1965 – He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2005 – He received the National Medal of Arts.