Edward Noyes Westcott

Biography of Edward Noyes Westcott

Edward Noyes Westcott (September 27, 1846 - March 31, 1898) was an American banker and writer.

Westcott is best known for his book David Harum, a novel set in upstate New York. When he was afflicted with chronic tuberculosis in 1895, he was forced to take an extended leave from work, and during that period he wrote David Harum. The manuscript was rejected by several publishers before it came to Ripley Hitchcock at Appleton in December 1897. With Westcott's permission Ripley made a few minor changes to the book which subsequently became a bestseller.

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