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West, Dorothy

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Writers

1907 – Born on June 2nd in Boston, Massachusetts. American writer who explored the aspirations and conflicts of middle-class African Americans in many of her works and was one of the last surviving members of the prominent group of black artists, writers, and musicians who flourished in New York City’s Harlem district during the Harlem Renaissance.

1914-1921 – West began writing when she was 7 years old, and when she was 14 her stories began to be published in the Boston Post.

1926 – Her short story "The Typewriter" won a prize in a national competition held by Opportunity, a monthly publication of the National Urban League, and shortly thereafter she moved to New York and was taken under the wing of a group of Harlem literary figures.

1932 – West went with a group to the Soviet Union to make a film about American race relations. Although the film was never made, she and Hughes remained there for a year before returning to New York.

1934-1937 – She started the literary magazine Challenge and its short-lived descendant, New Challenge.

1948 – West’s first novel, The Living Is Easy, was published, and she began to write articles and stories for the Vineyard Gazette and also to formulate the book that was to become The Wedding.

1995 – West dedicated The Wedding, which was her second novel, to Onassis’s memory.

         – A collection of West’s stories and essays, The Richer, the Poorer, was also published.

1998 – Died on August 16th in Boston.