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Jack in the pot. Mammy. I first met Dorothy West in February 1980 when I went to the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, to interview her for an article I was writing on black women’s literary history. I was new to the East Coast, living in Cambridge, teaching at the University of Massachusetts in Boston-and not at all sure I wanted to stay in a place where one was constantly being judged by social class, by family background, by academic credentials.
Dorothy West founded the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Challenge in 1934, and New Challenge in 1937, with Richard .
She was a welfare investigator and WPA relief worker in Harlem during the Depression. Her first novel, The Living Is Easy, appeared in 1948 and remains in print. Her second novel, The Wedding, was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995. A collection of her stories and autobiographical essays, The Richer, The Poorer, appeared during the summer of 1995.
A writer of huge compassion and acute observation, and also of dazzling style. Her work is more relevant than ever’ DIANA EVANS
A writer of huge compassion and acute observation, and also of dazzling style. Her work is more relevant than ever’ DIANA EVANS. An incredible collection of writing – both essays and short stories – spanning the long career of Dorothy West. Includes a new introduction by Diana Evans. The stories contained here are as American as jazz, and as wise and multifaceted as their writer.
They were rich with places and people, most of them lowly, all of them magnificent. Her face reflected her telling, the joys and sorrows of her remembering, and above all, the love she lived by that enhanced the poorest place, the humblest person
They were rich with places and people, most of them lowly, all of them magnificent. Her face reflected her telling, the joys and sorrows of her remembering, and above all, the love she lived by that enhanced the poorest place, the humblest person. Then it was that Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery, or the shining room, or the twelve-pound turkey. She had not even seen them.
Dorothy West (June 2, 1907 – August 16, 1998) was an American novelist and short-story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, as well as many other short stories and essays, about the life of an upper-class black family.
By Lance Eaton - December 16, 2014. Title: The Richer, The Poorer. Author: Dorothy West.
Short Story The Richer, The Poorer by Dorothy West. By Lance Eaton - December 16, 2014. As sisters, Lottie and Bess grew up together but learned different lessons. Lottie regularly nagged Bess to save and be careful with her money. Lottie saved everything and worked ceaseless to accrue more. By contrast Bess seemed to enjoy life and worry little about the future. As the year pass, Lottie never marries while Bess marries and goes off on various adventures.
West, Dorothy, 1907-1998. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. West, Dorothy, 1907-1998, African Americans, Authors, American, African American authors. New York : Doubleday. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on September 9, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).
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