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Glenway Wescott personally : a biography (edition 2002)

by Jerry Rosco

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Title:Glenway Wescott personally : a biography
Authors:Jerry Rosco
Info:Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2002.
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Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography by Jerry Rosco

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Glenway Prescott was a minor American novelist who has always had a small cult following. He lived, however, an astonishing life, and much of the interest in this carefully considered volume comes from watching, almost in disbelief, as the strands of his life spin out, First, he seems to have known everyone - we encounter F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cocteau, Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams, Marianne Moore, Isadora Duncan, Alice B. Toklas, New Rorem, W. H. Auden, Truman Capote, and just about anyone else important in the arts in New York, Paris, or London in the 1920-60s. Perhaps even more interesting for many readers is his varied, and openly lived, gay life. His romantic life and sex life, and those of many others is discussed frankly here, without ever getting gossipy. It is fascinating to see how complex and active the gay subculture was even in the decades before Stonewall. The author, Jerry Rosco, knew Wescott towards the end of his life, and clearly admires him and his work, but one comes away feeling that he has made an honest effort to give an accurate picture of what made Wescott and his circle tick. ( )
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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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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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