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West, James L. W.

Works: 101 works in 348 publications in 2 languages and 20,380 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Records and correspondence  Diaries  History  Interviews  Bildungsromans  Didactic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3511.I9, 813.52
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Most widely held works by James L. W West
Dreiser's Russian diary by Theodore Dreiser( )
7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,523 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 This previously unpublished diary is a firsthand record of life in the USSR during the 1920s as seen by a leading American cultural figure.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
Letters to my father by William Styron( )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,521 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
Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser( )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 1,471 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
William Styron, a life by James L. W West( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of writer William Styron
Waiting for nothing, and other writings by Tom Kromer( )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyse : Roman de société. Roman psychologique (intime)
This side of paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )
22 editions published between 1948 and 2012 in English and held by 1,019 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
American diaries, 1902-1926 by Theodore Dreiser( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trimalchio : an early version of The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 931 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 )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 928 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
American authors and the literary marketplace since 1900 by James L. W West( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conversations with William Styron by William Styron( Book )
14 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 777 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 750 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
Flappers and philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )
15 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 631 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
Critical essays on William Styron by Arthur D Casciato( Book )
5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 614 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 588 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."--BOOK JACKET
The making of This side of paradise by James L. W West( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The perfect hour : the romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, his first love by James L. W West( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Though he fell in love with Zelda Sayres soon after learning of Ginevra's engagement to a well-to-do midwesterner, Scott drew on memories of Ginevra for his most unforgettable female characters - Isabelle Borge and Rosalind Connage in This Side of Paradise, Judy Jones in "Winter Dreams," and above all Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Transformed by Scott's art, Ginevra became a new American heroine who inspired an entire generation." "For Scott and Ginevra, "the perfect hour" was private code for a fleeting time they almost shared and then yearned after for the rest of their lives."--BOOK JACKET
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser( Book )
12 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Young Caroline Meeber leaves home for the first time and experiences work, love, and the pleasures and responsibilities of independence in late-nineteenth-century Chicago and New York
Dreiser's Jennie Gerhardt : new essays on the restored text by Theodore Dreiser( Book )
6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 1922, the author's second collection of short stories reflects American society during the 1920s and portrays the aristocratic class of the era
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Alternative Names
West III, James L. W.
West, James L. 1946-
West, James L. W.
West, James L. W. 1946- III
West, James L. W. III 1946-
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