Fiction Writer · Nonfiction Writer · Poet
Born April 11, 1901, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
Died February 22, 1987, Rosemont, New Jersey
Glenway Wescott was a successful writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poems. He wrote poetry as a teenager and a young man , while working in Chicago for Poetry Magazine. Living abroad in Paris and other European cities exposed Wescott to various writers and patrons , including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, who influenced his work and lifestyle. Wescott's early novel, The Grandmothers: A Family Portrait, and his collection of stories, Good-bye, Wisconsin , are both autobiographical works describing the author's midwestern childhood. In addition, he explores his family history and the decisions and struggles facing him as he moved away from his rural roots in the confines of Wisconsin society. Later works, such as The Pilgrim Hawk, concern his life abroad between the two world wars. His best-selling novel, Apartment in Athens, describes the tension of a German soldier living with a Greek family in Athens during German occupation. Wescott's last works are all non-fiction, mostly collections of earlier journals and letters detailing the lives of his colleagues , such as Katherine AnnePorter, Isak Dinesen, Thomas Mann, and Thornton Wilder.