Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography

Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography

by Jerry Rosco

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299177300
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
1.Wisconsin Farm Boy to Midwest Prodigy3
2.The Next Step: New York and Europe21
3.The Expatriate Twenties32
4.Paris and a New Family47
5.Lost in America: The Thirties62
6.The Little Masterpiece and Willie Maugham89
7.The Bestseller108
8.Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research126
9.Inside the Circle: Farewell to George152
10.Beyond Fiction: The Valley Submerged164
11.The Great Divide and Images of Truth191
12."Quail and Strawberries"217
13.Golden Leaves and the Birthday Book244
Epilogue: Other Voices and Continual Lessons260
Notes271
Index297

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