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Introduction by Jerry Rosco
“These stories by Glenway Wescott may be read with pleasure, and reread, for every reading brings out new shades of meaning and richness of feeling. . . . You are reading the stories of one of the best-endowed writers this country has ever produced.”—Katherine Anne Porter
Rural Wisconsin was still a wilderness in these early 1920s stories by Glenway Wescott. The distances between farms and small towns seemed great in those days. So, too, was the struggle of social order and religion against poverty, nature, and a stubborn streak of lawlessness. But the real adventure in these stories is in Wescott’s deep understanding of human nature. His characters may be tragic, heroic, comic, or inspiring but, if there is one theme here, it is the search for personal freedom.
“These stories are [Wescott’s] rendering of real stories, rumors, gossip, and local legend. But there is also the perspective that the individual writer brings to his work. In Wescott that includes respect for Midwest courtesy and decency, but animosity toward the old-fashioned puritanism that stifles creativity and humanity. It includes a love of the landscape even when it is impoverished, and of nature even when it is cruel.” —from the introduction by Jerry Rosco
Glenway Wescott (1901–1987) was born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, and was raised on a farm with an extended family. He left Wisconsin as a young man and lived in Paris and New York for most of his life. Among his other books are The Grandmothers: A Family Portrait, Apple of the Eye, and The Pilgrim Hawk.
• Previous edition, Signet, 1964
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The Grandmothers: A Family Portrait
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