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"'A Visit to Priapus' is not only a lost story--and one with a scandalous, sexy theme--but also a perfect example of the lost art of storytelling itself. Wescott's observations are so beautifully rendered you'll never forget them."--Matthew Rettenmund, author of "Boy Culture"

"'A Visit to Priapus' is a meditation on desire and art, a rueful, comic, brutally honest consideration of sex and its human limitations." From the foreword by Wendy Moffat, author of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster"

"'A Visit to Priapus' is not only a lost story and one with a scandalous, sexy theme but also a perfect example of the lost art of storytelling itself. Wescott's observations are so beautifully rendered you'll never forget them." Matthew Rettenmund, author of Boy Culture"

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
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About the Author

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 journals.

Jerry Rosco is the author of the biography Glenway Westcott Personally and the editor of A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956–1984, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He lives in New York City.


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