The Grandmothers

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This article is about the novel by Glenway Wescott. For Doris Lessing's short story, see The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels.

The Grandmothers is a novel by Glenway Wescott. It was first published in 1927. Based upon Wescott's own life and family, it is told through the eyes of young Alwyn Tower who leaves the farm to live in Europe, but who remains haunted by his long-dead family members – grandparents, great-uncles and aunts, whose lives were shattered by the Civil War. Each chapter is devoted to a different family member. Written in a lyrical, poetic style, it is Wescott's most enduring work.


  • The Grandmothers, a Family Portrait, Harper & Brothers (1927)
  • ...with an introduction by Fred B. Millett, Harper & Brothers (1950)
  • ...with an introduction by John W. Aldridge, Arbor House (1986) ISBN 0-8779-5799-1
  • ...with an introduction by Sargent Bush, jr., University of Wisconsin Press (1996) ISBN 0-299-15024-0