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Barbara Harrison Wescott (October 27, 1904 – April 8, 1977) was a publisher.

She was born on October 27, 1904, the second daughter of Francis Burton Harrison and his first wife Mary Crocker, an heiress from San Francisco. Mary Crocker Harrison was a granddaughter of Charles Crocker, a self-made multi-millionaire who founded the Central Pacific Railroad and, with three other men, took over Southern Pacific Railroad and built the transcontinental railroad. Barbara Wescott's mother was killed in an automobile accident in 1905 at age 23 when Barbara was barely a year old. According to a 1914 article in the Washington Post her inheritance from her mother was then worth some $2 million.[1][2] While living in France, she worked closely with other American expatriates in the literary world. She and Monroe Wheeler established Harrison of Paris, a press publishing limited-edition literary paperbacks. From 1930 to 1934, Harrison of Paris published thirteen titles, including two new works by Glenway Wescott, Wheeler's longtime companion.

Other publications included Bret Harte’s The Wild West, illustrated by Pierre Falke, 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.”

In 1934, shortly before Barbara Harrison married Glenway's brother Lloyd Wescott, the press relocated to New York, where it published a final title, Katherine Anne Porter's Hacienda.[3] She continued her patronage of the arts throughout her life and was a noted collector of artwork.[4] She died in 1977.[5]

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