Glenway Wescott (April 11,
1901 - February 22, 1987) was a major American novelist during the
1920-1940 period and a figure in the American expatriate literary community in Paris during the
Wescott was gay
Henry James and Queer Modernity
, Cambridge University
Press, 2003, page 175. His relationship with longtime companion
Monroe Wheeler lasted from 1919 until Wescott's death.
was born on a farm in Kewaskum, Wisconsin in 1901.
His younger brother, Lloyd Wescott
, was born in Wisconsin in 1907.
at the University of
Chicago, where he was a member of a literary circle
including Elizabeth Madox
Roberts, Yvor Winters, and Janet Lewis.
Independently wealthy, he
began his writing career as a poet, but is best known for his short
stories and novels, notably The
(1926). He lived in Germany (1921–22),
and in France (c.1925–33),
where he mixed with Gertrude Stein
and other members of the American
Wescott was the model for the
character Robert Prentiss in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
and Wheeler returned to the United States and maintained an
apartment in Manhattan with photographer George Platt Lynes. When his brother Lloyd
moved to a dairy farm in Union Township near Clinton in Hunterdon County, New
Jersey in 1936, Wescott along with Wheeler and Lynes took
over one of the farmhand houses and called it
His novel, The
Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story
(1940), was praised by the
in Athens (1945), the story of a Greek couple in
Nazi-occupied Athens who must
share their living quarters with a German officer, was a popular
From then on he ceased to write fiction, although
he published essays and edited the works of others.
when his brother Lloyd acquired a farm near the village of Rosemont
in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, New
Jersey, Wescott moved into a two-story stone house on the
property, dubbed Haymeadows.
In 1987 Wescott died of a
stroke at his home in Rosemont.
- Rosco, Jerry (2002) Glenway Wescott Personally: A
Biography. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
- Phelps, Robert, with Jerry Rosco (1990) Continual Lessons:
The Journals of Glenway Wescott 1937-1955. New York: Farrar
- Diamond, Daniel (2008) Delicious: A Memoir of Glenway
Wescott. Toronto: Sykes Press.