A Visit To Priapus And Other Stories

Hardcover | November 29, 2013

byGlenway WescottEditorJerry RoscoForeword byWendy Moffat

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Just as E. M. Forster's novel of gay love, Maurice, remained unpublished throughout his lifetime, Glenway Wescott's long story "A Visit to Priapus" was also destined to be a posthumous work, buried from 1938 until this century in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 love, who puts aside his pride and makes a date with a young artist in Maine. Lavishly rendered in Wescott's elegant prose, the tale is explicit where it needs to be, but—as is typical of Wescott—it is filled with descriptive beauty and introspective lessons about sex and sexuality, love and creativity.
            Previously published in anthology form in the United Kingdom, "A Visit to Priapus" is presented for the first time in book form in America, containing previously uncollected stories, including three never before published. The result is a candid portrayal of the gifted but enigmatic writer who was famous in youth and remained a perceptive and compassionate voice throughout his long life. Drawn together from midcentury literary journals and magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as from Wescott's papers, the stories were inspired by his life, from childhood to old age, from Wisconsin farm country to New York, London, Germany, and Paris.

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Just as E. M. Forster's novel of gay love, Maurice, remained unpublished throughout his lifetime, Glenway Wescott's long story "A Visit to Priapus" was also destined to be a posthumous work, buried from 1938 until this century in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...

Glenway Wescott (1901–87) is well remembered for his Midwest novels, The Apple of the Eye and The Grandmothers, as well as his story collection Goodbye, Wisconsin. He is the author of the classic short novel The Pilgrim Hawk and of the World War II bestseller Apartment in Athens, in addition to two volumes of essays and two volumes of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:November 29, 2013Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299296903

ISBN - 13:9780299296902

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Wendy Moffat             
Acknowledgments                 
Introduction                           
 
Adolescence                           
Mr. Auerbach in Paris                       
The Babe's Bed                      
A Visit to Priapus                  
The Stallions: Pages from an Unfinished Story                     
The Frenchman Six Feet Three                      
The Love of New York                      
An Example of Suicide                       
The Odor of Rosemary                      
 
Appendix: Two Essays and an Experimental Story
The Valley Submerged                       
A Call on Colette and Goudeket                    
Sacre de Printemps

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“These pieces are concerned with the timeless tide of humanity—the characters lose something of themselves as they encounter the inexorable, shared experience of birth, reproduction, and mortality, yet the focus on their interior lives allows them to remain individuals. In thrall to the animal laws of sex and death, Wescott’s work is also a meditative affirmation of our mystic, fragile sentience.”—Rain Taxi