Thursday, April 11, 2013

Glenway Wescott was 1920s Paris expatriate

Portrait of Glenway Wescott by George Platt Lynes
It is the birthday of writer Glenway Wescott (1901), whose best novel, the Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story (1940), tells the story of a failed American writer and a wealthy English-Irish couple at an afternoon luncheon at an estate outside Paris in the 1920s. Wescott was part of the contingent of artistic American ex-pats in Paris in those days. He was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's character Robert Prentiss in The Sun Also Rises (1926). Wescott's brother, Lloyd, married heiress and avant-garde publisher Barbara Harrison (Harrison of Paris), and Wescott established a lifelong relationship with Harrison's publishing partner, book designer Monroe Wheeler. Later, they all lived together (along with photographer George Platt Lynes) on a farm in New Jersey.

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