Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Apr 22, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages

As a writer, Glenway Wescott (1901–1987) left behind several novels, including The Grandmothers and The Pilgrim Hawk, noted for their remarkable lyricism. As a literary figure, Wescott also became a symbol of his times. Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1901, he associated as a young writer with Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald in 1920s Paris and subsequently was a central figure in New York’s artistic and gay communities. Though he couldn’t finish a novel after the age of forty-five, he was just as famous as an arts impresario, as a diarist, and for the company he kept: W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Marianne Moore, Somerset Maugham, E. M. Forster, Joseph Campbell, and scores of other luminaries.
In Glenway Wescott Personally, Jerry Rosco chronicles Wescott’s long and colorful life, his early fame and later struggles to write, the uniquely privileged and sometimes tortured world of artistic creation. Rosco sensitively and insightfully reveals Wescott’s private life, his long relationship with Museum of Modern Art curator Monroe Wheeler, his work with sex researcher Alfred Kinsey that led to breakthrough findings on homosexuality, and his kinship with such influential artists as Jean Cocteau, George Platt-Lynes, and Paul Cadmus.

 

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The life of Glenway Wescott (1901-87) spanned an interesting range of eras, from 1920s Paris, where he was acquainted with Hemingway (who despised him for his homosexuality), Fitzgerald, and Stein ... Read full review

Contents

New York and Europe
21
3 The Expatriate Twenties
32
4 Paris and a New Family
47
The Thirties
62
6 The Little Masterpiece and Willie Maugham
89
7 The Bestseller
108
8 Dr Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research
126
Farewell to George
152
The Valley Submerged
164
11 The Great Divide and Images of Truth
191
12 Quail and Strawberries
217
13 Golden Leaves and the Birthday Book
244
Other Voices and Continual Lessons
260
Notes
271
Index
297
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Jerry Rosco is a writer and editor and the coeditor of Continual Lessons: The Journals of Glenway Wescott 1937–1955. He lives in New York City.

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