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Barbara Harrison Wescott
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Glenway Wescott Papers

 

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A native of California who lived for a time in Paris, Barbara Harrison Wescott was one of a number of expatriate women to establish publishing ventures abroad. In 1930, Harrison collaborated with Monroe Wheeler to found Harrison of Paris, a small press dedicated to publishing special editions of original and reprinted works by American and European writers. In its four years of activity, Harrison of Paris published thirteen books, including new work by Glenway Wescott, Venus and Adonis by Shakespeare, and Bret Harte’s The Wild West, illustrated by Pierre Falke. Other publications included Sir Roger L’Estrange’s translations of Fables of Aesop (1931) illustrated by Alexander Calder, A Gentle Spirit (1931) by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Constance Garnett and illustrated by Christian Bérard, and Hacienda (1934) by Katherine Anne Porter. Each book produced by Harrison of Paris matched fine writing with expert printing and book design, producing what one critic called “well-printed classics with very modern illustrations and specially good binding.”1

1 “Limited Editions and Fine Books,” The Week-end Review, 7 Nov. 1931.

 

 

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