A Heaven of Words
Last Journals, 1956–1984
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Originally, there were supposed to be several volumes of Wescott jour-nals, according to a contract signed in 1972. The man who agreed to takeon this task was the wonderful literary editor Robert Phelps (1922–89).A graduate of Oberlin College, Phelps was the author of one novel,Heroes and Orators. After that he dedicated himself to the most ambitious...
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...doesn’t fit neatly into the categories of either literature or celeb rity.While the high art of his four novels assures that he’ll be remem -bered, four aborted novels make him something of an enigma, so that it’sbest to say simply that he was a major talent. One of the most famousAmerican writers during the 1920s era of the expatriates in Paris, by mid-...
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...had remained a close friend after the breakup of the three-way relation-ship between himself, Wescott, and Monroe Wheeler in 1943. As thisjournal begins in 1956, Wescott is dealing with the details of thatuntimely passing. He’s also concerned with the health of his friend Dr.Alfred Kinsey at the Institute for Sex Research in Indiana, and in June...
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...city, Wheeler finds a more suitable apartment, number 8M at 251 EastFifty-First Street at Second Avenue, where he and Wescott will host theirAs president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Wescottbecomes increasingly involved in high-profile literary politics and in thebusiness of awards and grants. Despite endless planning with Robert...
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...ally and as a public figure. Several of his books are reprinted inket paperback Six Great Modern Short Novels, is re-released in hardcover byHarper & Brothers. This leads to a respectful review in the New Yorkerby Howard Moss that means a great deal to Glenway personally. Still,three new books that could have happened, all in this five-year period,...
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During the 1960s Wescott still had some periods of publiccelebrity—on the television, on the radio, and in mainstreampublications. By the 1970s he is beyond that, though he some-times appears in gossip columnist Liz Smith’s society page, or in a New YorkTimes photo of a literary event. Nevertheless, throughout the entire decadeWescott is still one of the most brilliant and spellbinding public speakersanywhere. He is a frequent speaker at the Academy-Institute of Arts and...
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...travel for museum exhibits and business, even as he requires strong drugsevery day for painful arthritis. Glenway is relatively healthy—“I think ofmyself as young”—with occasional cardiac slumps that slow his activi-ties and require medication. Late in the decade he sometimes wears a neckDespite his worrying about Monroe, and their losing many of their...
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During the early eighties, Wescott manages to add somefinal journal material in a sporadic way. It is not a priority, andbouts of poor health lead to a month or months of silence.But he bounces back strongly, repeatedly, as some of these last entriesshow. Correspondence with some of his favorite friends had bolsteredhis journal writing in the past, and now those friends are gone. The mostrecent losses are Katherine Anne Porter, Cecil Beaton, and Raymond...
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Wescott never believed he would outlive Wheeler, eventhough Monroe had suﬀered with arthritis and other prob-lems for the past two decades while Glenway remained rel-atively healthy. Now it was Glenway marooned at Haymeadows whileMonroe kept up his city routine and international travel. To compensate,Monroe would report on their beloved New York City Ballet, the dinnerparties, and museum news. Though Glenway’s correspondence was over,...
A Glossary of Glenway Wescott’s Contemporaries
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Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 24 b/w photos
Publication Year: 2013