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James L. W. West III

James L. W. West III

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English

Director, Penn State Center for the History of the Book

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

Mailroom: 136 Ritenour Building

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

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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 at Penn State University. He is a biographer, book historian, and scholarly editor. Two of his books, both published by Random House, are William Styron: A Life (1998) and The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King (2005).  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.