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West, James L. W.

Works: 65 works in 375 publications in 1 language and 23,960 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bildungsromans  History  Diaries  Psychological fiction  Essays  Interviews  Didactic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3507.R55, 813.52
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James L. W West
William Styron, a life by James L. W West( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of writer William Styron
This side of paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

23 editions published between 1948 and 2012 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The volume includes a detailed account of the novel's creative and textual history; facsimiles from the early drafts; full textual apparatus; and a chronology of composition and publication. Explanatory notes gloss Fitzgerald's topical and historical references. Freeing the novel of its history of textual error, the current edition offers the reading public a more accurate and accessible This Side of Paradise than ever before
Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jennie Gerhardt was Theodore Dreiser's second novel and his first true commercial success. Today it is generally regarded as one of his three best novels, along with Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy. But the text of Jennie Gerhardt heretofore known to readers is quite different from the text as Dreiser originally wrote it. In the tradition of the University of Pennsylvania Dreiser Edition, James L.W. West III has recaptured the text as it was originally written, restoring it to its complete, unexpurgated form. As submitted to Harper and Brothers in 1911, Jennie Gerhardt was a powerful study of a woman tragically compromised by birth and fate. Harpers agreed to publish the book but was nervous about its subject matter and moral stance. Jennie has an illegitimate child by one man and lives out of wedlock with another - but Dreiser does not condemn her for her behavior. As a requirement for publication, Harpers insisted on cutting and revising the text. Although Dreiser fought against many of the cuts and succeeded in restoring some material, Harpers shortened the text by 16,000 words and completely revised its style and tone. These changes ultimately transformed Jennie Gerhardt from a blunt, carefully documented work of social realism to a touching love story merely set against a social background. Passages critical of organized religion and of the institution of marriage were reduced and altered. Perhaps most important, Jennie's point of view - her innate romantic mysticism - was largely edited out of the text. As a consequence, the central dialectic of the novel was skewed and the narrative thrown out of balance
American diaries, 1902-1926 by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trimalchio : an early version of The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's Trimalchio, an early and complete version of The Great Gatsby, is like listening to a familiar musical composition - but played in a different key and with an alternate bridge passage. It is the same work and yet a different work." "Trimalchio, however, is also a remarkable achievement. It differs considerably from The Great Gatsby: its plot and structure are not the same; Chapters VI and VII of Trimalchio are entirely different; elsewhere in the narrative one finds passages and sequences missing from Gatsby. Most importantly, in Trimalchio Jay Gatsby's past is revealed in a wholly different fashion." "This ur-novel is now made available to readers and scholars, not only for comparison with The Great Gatsby but for interpretation and analysis on its own."--Jacket
The suicide run : five tales of the Marine Corps by William Styron( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known for his ambitious novels, Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. This book collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives, one published here for the first time, bringing to life the drama, inhumanity, absurdity, and heroism that forever changed the men who served in the Marine Corps.--From publisher description
Havanas in Camelot : personal essays by William Styron( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Havanas in Camelot brings together fourteen of Styron's personal essays, including a reminiscence of his brief friendship with John F. Kennedy; a recollection of the power and ceremony on display at the inauguration of François Mitterrand; memoirs of Truman Capote, James Baldwin, and Terry Southern; a meditation on Mark Twain; an account of Styron's daily walks with his dog; and an evocation of his summer home on Martha's Vineyard. Styron's essays touch on the great themes of his fiction--racial oppression, slavery, and the Holocaust--but for the most part they address other subjects: bowdlerizations of history, literary lists, childhood moviegoing, the censoring of his own work, and the pursuit of celebrity fetish objects.--From
Conversations with William Styron by William Styron( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty-five interviews with the novelist from 1951-1984
A short autobiography by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revelatory anthology of 19 personal essays and articles by the 20th-century literary master spans his career and includes a 1920 article written shortly after "This Side of Paradise" made him famous and a 1940 assessment of the times in which he lived
My generation : collected nonfiction by William Styron( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Including significant previously uncollected material, My Generation is the definitive gathering of the fruits of this beloved writer's five decades of public life. Here is the William Styron unafraid to peer into the darkest corners of the 20th century or to take on the complex racial legacy of the United States. But here too is Styron writing about his daily walk with his dog, musing on the Modern Library's "100 Greatest Books," and offering personal insight into the extraordinary array of noted contemporary figures he interacted with over the course of an illustrious career. These are the people and events, tragic and joyful, historical and intimate, that aroused Styron's unrivalled curiosity."--Publisher information
Sister Carrie ; Jennie Gerhardt ; Twelve men by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After leaving the country for Chicago, Caroline Meeber is seduced by a traveling salesman and then falls in love with a saloon manager
Flappers and philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition contains some of Fitzgerald's best early stories: "The Offshore Pirate," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Ice Palace," and "Benediction." Narratives from this period that Fitzgerald chose not to collect in the first edition are presented, such as "Myra Meets His Family" and "The Popular Girl." This Cambridge edition includes textual history of the stories, reproductions of surviving archival evidence, and a full textual apparatus
American authors and the literary marketplace since 1900 by James L. W West( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on William Styron by Arthur D Casciato( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the sad young men by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of the Cambridge Fitzgerald Edition includes the original nine stories selected by Fitzgerald for All the Sad Young Men, together with eleven additional stories, published between 1925 and 1928, which were not collected by Fitzgerald during his lifetime." "This edition of All the Sad Young Men is the first of the short-fiction collections in the Cambridge edition to be based on extensive surviving manuscripts and typescripts. The volume contains a scholarly introduction, historical notes, a textual apparatus, illustrations, and appendixes."--Jacket
Dreiser's Russian diary by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theodore Dreiser's Russian Diary is an extended record of the American writer's travels throughout the Soviet Union in 1927-28. Dreiser was initially invited to Moscow for a week-long observance of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. He asked, and was granted, permission to make a extended tour of the country. This previously unpublished diary is a firsthand record of life in the USSR during the 1920s as seen by a leading American cultural figure. It is a valuable primary source, surely among the last from this period of modern history
The making of This side of paradise by James L. W West( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1983 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to my father by William Styron( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I've finally pretty much decided what to write next--a novel based on Nat Turner's rebellion," twenty-six-year-old William Styron confided to his father in a letter he wrote on May 1, 1952. Styron would not publish his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Confessions of Nat Turner until 1967, but this letter undercuts those critics who later attacked the writer as an opportunist capitalizing on the heated racial climate of the late 1960s. From 1943 to 1953, Styron wrote over one hundred letters to William C. Styron, Sr., detailing his adventures, his works in progress, and his ruminations on the craft o
Waiting for nothing by Tom Kromer( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse : Roman de société. Roman psychologique (intime)
Backwoods tales : Paddy McGann, Sharp Snaffles, and Bill Bauldy : selected fiction of William Gilmore Simms by William Gilmore Simms( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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William Styron, a life
Alternative Names
West III, James L. W.

West, James L. 1946-

West, James L. W.

West, James L. W. 1946-

West, James L. W. 1946- III

English (211)

This side of paradiseJennie GerhardtTrimalchio : an early version of The great GatsbyThe suicide run : five tales of the Marine CorpsHavanas in Camelot : personal essaysConversations with William StyronA short autobiographySister Carrie ; Jennie Gerhardt ; Twelve men