Glenwar Wescott's Apartment in Athens : a novel of instruction and revelation

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Claire Frank Angle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Stephens

Abstract: Glenray Wescott's novel Apartment in Athens (1945), the last fictional work published by the American author, differs markedly in style, intent, subject matter, and scope from Wescott's earlier novels-- The Apple of the Eye(1924), The Grandmothers (1927), The Babe's Bed (1932), and The Pilgrim Hawk (1940). Wescott's early prose, like his poetry, is chiefly autobiographical, subjective, and lyrical, while his later work becomes more analytical and controlled. The shift in Apartment in Athens to the pure narrative, to a limited Jamesian viewpoint, and to a broader and more conventional theme--World War II--comes as the result of Wescott'e growing insistence on the power of literature to instruct as well as delight. His didacticism reaches its culmination in Apartment in Athens, but his didactic intent does not eliminate his continuing dedication to literary style and form—in short, to the power of literature to delight.

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Language: English
Date: 1965
Wescott, Glenway, $d 1901-1987. $t Apartment in Athens

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