Dorothy West

Literary Birthday – 2 June – Dorothy West


Dorothy West was born 2 June 1907, and died 16 August 1998

Five Quotes

  1. When I was seven, I said to my mother, may I close my door? And she said, yes, but why do you want to close your door? And I said because I want to think. And when I was eleven, I said to my mother, may I lock my door? And she said yes, but why do you want to lock your door? And I said because I want to write.
  2. There is no life that does not contribute to history.
  3. I’m a writer. I don’t cook and I don’t clean.
  4. Identity is not inherent. It is shaped by circumstance and sensitivity and resistance to self-pity.
  5. Beauty is but skin deep, ugly to the bone. And when beauty fades away, ugly claims its own.

Dorothy West was an American novelist and short story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel, The Living Is Easy.

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by Amanda Patterson

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