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James L. W. West III

James L. W.  West, III

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English

2010 Faculty Seminar Fellow

Suite 216, Room 1, Allenway Building
315 S. Allen Street

State College , Pennsylvania 16801
Office Phone: (814) 865-9445


  1. B.A. University of South Carolina, 1968
  2. 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.