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James L. W. West III

James L. W. West III

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English

Suite 216, Room 1, Allenway Building
315 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

Mailroom: 136 Ritenour Building

University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 865-9445

Office Hours:

  • On leave 2014-15 academic year.

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  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 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 Fitzgerald Edition.  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.  He is at work on a monograph about Fitzgerald and the profession of authorship, to be published by Harvard University Press.  His edition of Styron's collected nonfiction is forthcoming from Random House in 2015.

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