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Book Title: The Pilgrim Hawk (excerpt)|
The author of the book: Glenway Wescott
Edition: Electric Literature
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Date of issue: September 23rd 2012
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Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Hours," recommends an "invisible classic" that was nearly lost to time.
In his introduction to this excerpt, Cunningham writes: "'The Pilgrim Hawk' is a small miracle of a book. It’s profound, it’s beautifully written, and it keeps surprising the reader, right up to its last line. Just read it. Okay?"
About Recommended Reading:
Great authors inspire us. But what about the stories that inspire them? Recommended Reading, the latest project from Electric Literature, publishes one story every week, each chosen by a great author or editor. In this age of distraction, we uncover writing that's worth slowing down and spending some time with. And in doing so, we help give great writers, literary magazines, and independent presses the recognition (and readership) they deserve.
About the Author:
Glenway Wescott (1901–1987) grew up in Wisconsin, but moved to France with his companion Monroe Wheeler in 1925. Wescott’s early fiction, notably the stories in "Goodbye, Wisconsin" and the novel "The Grandmothers" (in which Alwyn Tower, the narrator of "The Pilgrim Hawk," makes his first appearance), were set in his native Midwest. Later work included essays on political, literary, and spiritual subjects, as well as the novels "The Pilgrim Hawk" and "Apartment in Athens." Wescott’s journals, recording his many literary and artistic friendships and offering an intimate view of his life as a gay man, were published posthumously under the title "Continual Lessons."
About the Guest Editor:
Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels "A Home at the End of the World," "Flesh and Blood," "The Hours" (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), "Specimen Days," and "By Nightfall." He lives in New York.
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Read information about the authorGlenway Wescott grew up in Wisconsin and briefly attended the University of Chicago where he met in 1919 his longtime partner Monroe Wheeler.
In 1925 he and Wheeler moved to France, where they mingled with Gertrude Stein and other American expatriates, notably Ernest Hemingway, who created an unflattering portrait of Wescott in the character of Robert Prentiss in The Sun Also Rises.
Eventually, Wescott and Wheeler returned to America and lived in New York City, and later on a large farm in Rosemont, New Jersey owned by his brother, the philanthropist Lloyd Wescott, along with other family members.
Wescott's early fiction, the novels The Apple of the Eye (1924) and the Harper Prize winning The Grandmothers (1927) and the story collection Goodbye, Wisconsin (1928) were set in his native Midwest.
Later work included essays on political, literary, and spiritual subjects, as well as the novels The Pilgrim Hawk (1940), which shared a narrator in Alwyn Towers with The Grandmothers, and Apartment in Athens (1945). Wescott's journals, recording his many literary and artistic friendships, offering an intimate view of his life as a gay man, were published posthumously under the title Continual Lessons.
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