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This powerful short vel describes the events of a single afteron. Alwyn Towers, an American expatriate and sometime velist, is staying with a friend outside Paris, when a well-heeled, itinerant Irish couple drops in - with Lucy, their trained hawk, a restless, sullen, distrubingly totemic presence. Lunch is prepared, drink flows. A masquerade, at once harrowing and farcical, begins. A work of classical elegance and concision, The Pilgnim Hawk stands with Faulkner's The Bear as one of the finest American short vels: a beautifully crafted story that is also a poignant evocation of the implacable power of love.
Glenway Westcott (1901-1987) was the author of the novels. The Grandmothers and Apartment in Athens, in addition to several collections of stories and essays. His life - as revealed in his published joumals and a joint biography of him and his lover, Monroe Wheeler - has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years.