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James L. W. West III

James L. W. West III

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English

University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A. University of South Carolina, 1968
  2. Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1971

Professional Bio

JAMES L. W. WEST III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Emeritus, at Penn State University. He is a biographer, book historian, and scholarly editor. His books include William Styron: A Life (1998) and The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King (2005), both published by Random House.  His most recent book is a collection of essays from Penn State Press entitled Making the Archives Talk (2011). West has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and NEH. He has had Fulbright appointments in England (at Cambridge University) and in Belgium (at the Université de Liège).  West is the general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  His edition of Trimalchio: An Early Version of The Great Gatsby appeared in 2000, and his edition of Tender Is the Night was published in 2012.  His edition of Styron's collected nonfiction, entitled My Generation, was published by Random House in 2015.