James L. W. West III
- B.A. University of South Carolina, 1968
- Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1971
James L. W. West III is Sparks Professor of English at Penn State. He is a biographer, book historian, and scholarly editor. His most recent two 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). West has had Fulbright appointments in England and Belgium; he is currently the general editor of the Cambridge F. Scott Fitzgerald Edition. His teaching interests include scholarly editing, the literary memoir, 20th-century American literature, and detective fiction.