Books: The Sound of the Seashell

IMAGES OF TRUTH (310 pp.)—Glenway Wescott—Harper & Row ($6).

Like the pre-Ship of Fools Katherine Anne Porter, Novelist Glenway Wescott is a somewhat melancholy yet tantalizing literary figure. His novels—including The Grandmothers (1927) and The Pilgrim Hawk (1940)—earned him a special reputation as a prose craftsman and subtle prober of the wheels and springs of emotion that turn the clock of character. But he has produced little fiction (only five volumes since 1924) and, though he has started some projects, has published nothing for the past 17 years. Through all that time, a faithful coterie of Wescott admirers has continued to hope...

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