Jessamyn West


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Mary Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American Quaker (originally from Indiana) who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945). She graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1919 and Whittier College in 1923. There she helped found the Palmer Society, in 1921.

West was born in Vernon, Indiana, to Eldo Roy West and Grace Anna ... more »

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  • In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults. They frolic with animals, caress them, share with them feelings neither has words for. Have they ever stroked any adult with the love the...
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 1 (1979).
  • ''Pleasure in irony ... is an ego trip.''
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 6 (1979).
  • ''In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?''
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 7 (1979).
  • ''Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.''
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. The Life I Really Lived, ch. 15 (1979).
  • ''Irony in writing is a technique for increasing reader self- approval.''
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 6 (1979).
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