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West, James L. W.

Works: 94 works in 478 publications in 1 language and 27,048 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Didactic fiction  Bildungsromans  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Psychological fiction  Diaries  Short stories 
Roles: Editor, Author, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3507.R55, 813.52
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Most widely held works by James L. W West
Dreiser's Russian diary by Theodore Dreiser( )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 1,823 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 an 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 This previously unpublished diary is a firsthand record of life in the USSR during the 1920s as seen by a leading American cultural figure.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
Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser( )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,534 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
Waiting for nothing by Tom Kromer( )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Kromer wrote one novel. This is it. It is an account of vagrant or hobo life during the nineteen-thirties. This work is a realistic account of life as a homeless man during the Great Depression. Straightforward, declarative sentences in the tough-guy argot of the time ("I admire that stiff. He has got the guts. He does not like parting with his dough") are characteristic of Kromer, as are spare descriptions of grim scenes ("When I look at these stiffs by the fire, I am looking at a graveyard. There is hardly room to move between the tombstones. ... The epitaphs are chiseled in sunken shadows on their cheeks"). The settings include rescue missions, flop houses, abandoned buildings and the sidewalk outside a nice restaurant. In one chapter, the narrator slowly comes to realize that the pitch-black boxcar he is riding in contains another rider, who is quietly, slowly, stalking him.--Wikipedia
William Styron, a life by James L. W West( Book )

20 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of writer William Styron
American diaries, 1902-1926 by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreiser's careful preservation of his papers bears new fruit with the publication of his personal diaries for the years 1902-26. This volume presents all seven of Dreiser's hitherto unpublished American diaries, the intermittent journals he kept during the most productive years of his literary career. Together they constitute a revealing self-portrait as well as a valuable commentary on the American scene during the first quarter of the twentieth century. They offer reflections on turn-of-the-century Philadelphia, the American South and Mid-West, Greenwich Village of the nineteen-teens, and Hollywood of the twenties. The diaries begin in 1902, when Dreiser was at a low point after the "suppression" of Sister Carrie, and continue until 1926, when he was enjoying the greatest success of his career with An American Tragedy. This publication constitutes in its entirety a new source for biographical and critical study. This is particularly true of the diaries covering Dreiser's experience in Philadelphia, Greenwich Village, and with Helen Richardson-all of which were not available to previous biographers. The present Introduction by Professor Riggio is the first biographical narrative to make use of these materials. Future biographers will now be able to speak with more assurance of Dreiser's whereabouts, the people he knew, what he was reading, which writings were in progress, and of his fascinating private affairs in general. In addition, these diaries will be of interest to students of Dreiser's literary art, as they reveal subtle aspects of how Dreiser viewed the external world and transmuted it in his daily creative efforts
American authors and the literary marketplace since 1900 by James L. W West( )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to my father by William Styron( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,214 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
This side of paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise was the opening statement of his literary career. Published originally in 1920, the novel captures the rhythm and feel of the gaudy postwar decade that was to follow in America. This Side of Paradise made Fitzgerald simultaneously famous and infamous: famous for the stylish exuberance of his writing and infamous for the errors - in spelling, fact, grammar, and chronology - that peppered his text. This new edition, prepared with the most recent techniques of modern scholarly editing, brings into being an accurate, fully annotated text based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript
An amateur laborer by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 963 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
Backwoods tales : Paddy McGann, Sharp Snaffles, and Bill Bauldy : selected fiction of William Gilmore Simms by William Gilmore Simms( )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keen Butterworth, an emeritus member of the English Department at the University of South Carolina, has published on Simms, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and other southern writers. He has recently written about Louis Armstrong for the Southern Review and is currently pursuing projects in fiction and poetry
The making of This side of paradise by James L. W West( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To write it took three months; to conceive it--three minutes; to collect the data in it--all my life." So said F. Scott Fitzgerald regarding This Side of Paradise, the novel he began writing in November 1917 and published on March 26, 1920. This Side of Paradise launched Fitzgerald as the "Prophet of the Jazz Age" and the spokesman for his generation. It is still one of the major reasons for his fame today. The story of how Fitzgerald wrote and published the book is fascinating. In The Making of "This Side of Paradise", James West studies the inception, composition, publication, and textual history of the novel. He traces its growth from its earliest version, entitled "The Romantic Egotist," to its final published form. Based on preserved documentary evidence--fragments of "The Romantic Egotist," the manuscript of This Side of Paradise, surviving correspondence, and other papers--this volume blends the techniques of biographical, critical, and textual scholarship to tell the story of the making of the quintessential novel of the twenties
The suicide run : five tales of the Marine Corps by William Styron( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction - including The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them - Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco"--Is published here for the first time." "In "Blankenship," written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II. "Marriott, the Marine" and "The Suicide Run"--which Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to write Sophie's Choice - depict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War. "My Father's House" captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. In "Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco," written late in Styron's life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection."--Jacket
My generation : collected nonfiction by William Styron( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 823 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
Havanas in Camelot : personal essays by William Styron( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 809 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
Dreiser's Jennie Gerhardt : new essays on the restored text by James L. W West( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1992 the University of Pennsylvania Press published a new edition of Theodore Dreiser's second novel, Jennie Gerhardt. The original published text was altered significantly from the author's intentions: its sexual energy was short-circuited, its criticisms of organized religion were blunted, its language was smoothed and sentimentalized, and, most important, Jennie Gerhardt was reduced to a less thoughtful, less womanly character. The restored edition brings back the sexual charge, reinstates the social and religious criticism, and makes the language Dreiser's again. This volume brings together 19 fresh readings, together with an introduction, of the Pennsylvania edition by three generations of Dreiser critics. The volume includes general assessments, analysis of main characters, treatments of the autobiographical roots of the narrative, views of various traditions (realistic, sentimental, ethnic) on which Dreiser drew, and investigations of historical contexts that inform his story
Conversations with William Styron by William Styron( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 740 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
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser( Book )

26 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and held by 666 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 642 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
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William Styron, a life
Jennie GerhardtWaiting for nothingWilliam Styron, a lifeAmerican authors and the literary marketplace since 1900Letters to my fatherThis side of paradiseTrimalchio : an early version of The great GatsbyBackwoods tales : Paddy McGann, Sharp Snaffles, and Bill Bauldy : selected fiction of William Gilmore Simms
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

West, James L. W. III 1946-

West, James Lemuel Wills 1946-

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