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West, Dorothy 1907-1998

Overview
Works: 54 works in 205 publications in 4 languages and 14,668 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Biographies  Records and correspondence  Sources  Feminist fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Periodicals  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: Z5781, 813.54
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The wedding by Dorothy West( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1950s, a girl from the black bourgeoisie in Martha's Vineyard announces her engagement to a white musician. The novel follows the impact this has on her family and the community around them. By the author of The Living Is Easy
Play index( )

in English and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indexes over 30,000 plays from the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world, published between 1949 and 2005. The database covers plays written in or translated into English, published either separately or in collections
The living is easy by Dorothy West( Book )

34 editions published between 1948 and 2013 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No one is safe from Cleo Jericho Judson's manipulations, and no one can stand in the way of her determination to win a place for her daughter and her sisters' children in Boston's black society. Yet forces larger than Cleo eventually wrench the control of events from her and threaten her dream of a time and place where the living is easy."--Back cover
The last leaf of Harlem : selected and newly discovered fiction by the author of The wedding by Dorothy West( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Dorothy West died in 1998, she was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, a contemporary of Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright. Popular history holds that between the publication of her two novels (The Living is Easy in 1948 and The Wedding in 1995), Dorothy West fell silent. In fact, there was never a time in Dorothy West's life in which she was not writing and publishing. The Last Leaf of Harlem gathers West's writing from these supposedly silent years--syndicated fiction in the New York Daily News, pieces for the Work Progress Administration's Federal Writer's Project, and publications in small journals and magazines--along with known and beloved pieces by this extraordinary writer. Many of these stories, describing and exploring marriage, loss, family life, and poverty were lost until now. The Last Leaf of Harlem brings together the almost-forgotten pieces of Dorothy West's lifework, and gives the reader a fresh look into a remarkable writer and career.-Publisher's description
The wedding by Dorothy West( Recording )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shelby Coles' marriage to a white jazz musician sends shockwaves through her upper class African American community on Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s
As I remember it : a portrait of Dorothy West( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the perspective of her 83 years, the still-active African-American writer Dorothy West relates her memories of growing up black, privileged and enthralled by literature
New challenge( )

in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New challenge. v.1-2, no. 2; Mar. 1934-fall 1937( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenge( )

in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last leaf of Harlem : the uncollected works of Dorothy West by Dorothy West( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenge( )

in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenge( )

in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race, gender, & comparative Black modernism : Suzanne Lacascade, Marita Bonner, Suzanne Cé́saire, Dorothy West by Jennifer M Wilks( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Race, Gender, and Comparative Black Modernism revives and critiques four African American and Francophone Caribbean women writers often overlooked in discussions of early-twentieth-century literature: Guadeloupean Suzanne Lacascade (dates unknown), African American Marita Bonner (1899-1971), Martinican Suzanne Cesaire (1913-1966), and African American Dorothy West (1907-1998). Reexamining their most significant work, Jennifer M. Wilks demonstrates how their writing challenges prevailing racial archetypes such as the New Negro and the Negritude hero of the period from the 1920s to the 1940s, and explores how these writers tapped into modernist currents from expressionism to surrealism to produce progressive treatments of race, gender, and nation that differed from those of currently canonized black writers of the era, the great majority of whom are men." "Wilks begins with Lacascade, whom she deems "best known for being unknown," reading Lacascade's novel Claire-Solange, ame africaine (1924) as a proto feminist, proto-Negritude articulation of Caribbean identity. She then examines the fissures left unexplored in New Negro visions of African American community by showing the ways in which Bonner's essays, plays, and short stories highlight issues of economic class. Cesaire applied the ideas and techniques of surrealism to the French language, and Wilks reveals how her writings in the journal Ttopiques (1941-45) directly and insightfully engage the intellectual influences that informed the work of canonical Negritude. Wilks's close reading of West's The Living Is Easy (1948) provides a retrospective critique of the forces that continued to circumscribe women's lives in the midst of the social and cultural awakening presumably embodied in the New Negro." "To show how the black literary tradition has continued to confront the conflation of gender roles with social and literary conventions, Wilks examines these writers alongside the late-twentieth-century writings of Maryse Conde and Toni Morrison. Unlike many literary analysts, Wilks does not bring together the four writers based on geography. Lacascade and Cesaire came from different Caribbean islands, and though Bonner and West were from the United States, they never crossed paths. In considering this eclectic group of women writers together, Wilks reveals the analytical possibilities opened up by comparing works influenced by multiple intellectual traditions."--Jacket
The wedding( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in French and English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bride is the great-great-granddaughter of a slave owner on one side and the great-great-granddaughter of a slave on the other. She is forced to confront truths about herself and her family's hidden secrets just days before her scheduled Martha's Vineyard wedding to a white jazz musician
The richer, the poorer : stories, sketches, and reminiscences by Dorothy West( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeen stories of fiction and non-fiction. The story, Mammy, is on color discrimination among blacks, Jack in the Pot is about a woman on welfare whose lottery win only brings problems, and in The Penny, a boy rats on his parents to make money
New challenge( )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenge( )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenge( )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ngko talili'-niye hungkunofoho by Ethel Emily Wallis( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in Papuan and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where the wild grape grows : selected writings, 1930-1950 by Dorothy West( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The volume includes examples of West's probing social criticism in the form of WPA essays and stories, as well as her interviews with southern migrants. A centerpiece of the book is her unpublished novella, Where the Wild Grape Grows, which explores with grace and gentle irony the complex relationship of three retired women living on Martha's Vineyard. Several of West's nature pieces, published over a span of twenty years in the Vineyard Gazette, are also reprinted."--Jacket
 
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The wedding
Alternative Names
Christopher, Mary 1907-1998

Christopher, Mary 1909-1998

Dorothy West Amerikaans romanschrijfster (1907-1998)

Dorothy West écrivain américaine

Dorothy West escritora estadounidense

Dorothy West scrittrice statunitense

Dorothy West US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Дороти Уэст

דורותי וסט סופרת אמריקאית

دوروثي الغربية كاتب أمريكي

Languages
English (178)

French (9)

German (1)

Papuan (1)

Covers
The living is easyThe last leaf of Harlem : selected and newly discovered fiction by the author of The weddingThe weddingThe last leaf of Harlem : the uncollected works of Dorothy WestRace, gender, & comparative Black modernism : Suzanne Lacascade, Marita Bonner, Suzanne Cé́saire, Dorothy WestThe richer, the poorer : stories, sketches, and reminiscencesWhere the wild grape grows : selected writings, 1930-1950