Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Glenway Wescott: writer, Paris expatriate
It is the birthday of novelist Glenway Wescott (1901), who was among the American expatriates in Paris in the 1920s. Ernest Hemingway's character Robert Prentiss in The Sun Also Rises was based on Wescott. Wescott's best novel, The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story (1940) was well received, and continues to stay in print. It concerns an afternoon lunch at an estate outside Paris, with a failed American writer and a wealthy English-Irish couple. It has been compared favorably with William Faulkner's The Bear as a fine American short novel. Wescott's last novel, Apartment in Athens (1945), concerns a Greek couple forced to share their apartment with a German officer in Nazi-occupied Athens. Wescott never wrote another novel, leading writer Michael Cunningham to suggest that he "seems to slide into the golden handcuffs of expatriate decadence: supported by the heiress his brother married, surrounded by literate friends, given to social drinking and letter-writing." Wescott was lifelong companion of publisher and book designer Monroe Wheeler, a co-founder of the publishing house of Harrison of Paris in the 1930s with Wescott's future sister-in-law, Barbara Harrison (she married his brother, Lloyd). With Wheeler, Wescott participated in the design and production of high-quality, limited edition books of the work of the literary and artistic elite in Paris at the time. Later, in Manhattan, Westcott and Wheeler shared apartments with well known photographer George Platt Lynes. Still later, they all lived in a farmhouse in New Jersey on the farm of Lloyd and Barbara Harrison Wescott.
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