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Just as E. M. Forster's novel of gay love, Maurice, remained unpublished throughout his lifetime, Glenway Wescott's long story "A Visit to Priapus" was also destined to be a posthumous work, buried from 1938 until this century in Wescott's massive archive of manuscripts, journals, notebooks, and letters. The autobiographical story is about a literary man, frustrated in lov ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 29th 2013 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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At the end of each year, it seems, some generous publisher gives us an unexpected gift that enriches our reading lives. Last year The Library of America presented us with The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, and we learned the meaning of writing in the moment. This year's present is A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories, by Glenway Wescott, from the University of Wisconsin Press. An eclectic collection, Visit to Priapus reminds us again of why we should read Wescott, and raises the question of ...more
I rarely read short story collection, they remind me too much of record albums; one or two hits, a few B sides, and the rest filler. A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories was a totally delightful find. What a tragedy that most of these stories went unpublished for so long. Even more than the Visit to Priapus story the ones which really spoke to me were Adolescence, The Odor of Rosemary, and The Love of New York. Even though the city has changed much since the 1940s I share Wescott's obvious feeli ...more
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Glenway Wescott grew up in Wisconsin and briefly attended the University of Chicago where he met in 1919 his longtime partner Monroe Wheeler.

In 1925 he and Wheeler moved to France, where they mingled with Gertrude Stein and other American expatriates, notably Ernest Hemingway, who created an unflattering portrait of Wescott in the character of Robert Prentiss in The Sun Also Rises.

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