By Jerry Rosco
As a author, Glenway Wescott (1901-1987) left in the back of numerous novels, together with The Grandmothers and The Pilgrim Hawk , famous for his or her awesome lyricism. As a literary determine, Wescott additionally grew to become a logo of his instances. Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1901, he linked as a tender author with Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald in Nineteen Twenties Paris and to that end used to be a relevant determine in New York's inventive and homosexual groups. notwithstanding he could not end a singular after the age of forty-five, he was once simply as recognized as an arts impresario, as a diarist, and for the corporate he saved: W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Marianne Moore, Somerset Maugham, E. M. Forster, Joseph Campbell, and ratings of different luminaries. In Glenway Wescott for my part , Jerry Rosco chronicles Wescott's lengthy and colourful existence, his early reputation and later struggles to jot down, the uniquely privileged and occasionally tortured international of inventive production. Rosco sensitively and insightfully unearths Wescott's inner most existence, his lengthy courting with Museum of contemporary paintings curator Monroe Wheeler, his paintings with intercourse researcher Alfred Kinsey that ended in leap forward findings on homosexuality, and his kinship with such influential artists as Jean Cocteau, George Platt-Lynes, and Paul Cadmus.
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Tony was maybe twenty and I was twenty-two. He was the most effete person I’ve ever known in my life. He was quite large and pale with a sort of rabbity mouth and pink cheeks. Tony and I met probably two or three times and a lot of letters were exchanged. 21 Before returning to America, Wescott wrote a story about two American boys he had visited at Oxford. He didn’t attempt to publish it, but the fifteen-page “Sacre de Printemps,” about wise and jaded young Valentine and Hamilton, is sharp, gripping, homophilic, and wildly surrealistic.
I had never loved a city, of course I loved it. The famous festive style and modest proportions of its architecture surprised me as much as they pleased me; all so pale, with a rosy tinge early in the day and a blue tinge later. . ”20 26 The Next Step Wescott saw the Louvre and the Tuileries and strolled at night in Montparnasse. He called on Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at 27, rue de Fleurus and was impressed by the continuous stream of guests and the paintings by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and others.
33 Young Dan eventually has a confrontation with his father, and goes off to a university and the hope of a freer life. Novelist Sinclair Lewis offered the book jacket comment, “I have finished with the greatest delight The Apple of the Eye. ” Dozens of excellent reviews followed. ” Of the character Dan Strane, the Brooklyn Eagle stated, “There is nothing in recent novel writing quite so poignant as this boy’s struggle. ”34 Suddenly Wescott had made the step from the literary journals to the wider reading public.