Anthony West (author)

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This article is about the British author. For the motorcycle racer of the same name, see Anthony West (motorcycle racer).

Anthony West (4 August 1914 – 27 December 1987) was a British author and literary critic. He was the son of British authors Rebecca West and H. G. Wells. Anthony West's best-known book is H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life, a biography of his father. Born Anthony Panther West Fairfield, his parents never wed. In 1955, he wrote a novel "Heritage", which was technically a fiction, but which dealt with the trials of boy who grows up largely neglected and ignored by his famous parents. This was obviously disguised autobiography, (a roman à clef ) as any reader would understand. In it his mother appeared much worse than his father, whom he admired all his life. She fell out with him over it, famously threatening to sue if the book was published in Britain. It was not published in Britain until 1984, after she died.[1][2]

A critically lauded author, he wrote novels, essays and nonfiction works, and reviewed books for The New Yorker from the 1950s till the late 1970s. He was a winner of the Houghton Mifflin Award for his novel The Vintage (1949) (published in Britain as On A Dark Night), which Boucher and McComas praised as "a brilliantly terrifying exploration of the theme that each age creates its own peculiar species of hell and Devil."[3] He is also known for works on history such as Elizabethan England, and All About The Crusades.

Works[edit]

  • On A Dark Night. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1949. ASIN B0006F5IOM.  Amazon
  • The Vintage (Paperback ed.). Popular Library. 1949. ASIN B000FH7QKA.  Amazon
  • Another Kind. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1951.  Amazon
  • Principles and Persuasions: the Literary Essays of Anthony West. Harcourt, Brace. 1957. ASIN B0007DU4TM.  Amazon
  • The Trend Is Up. New York: Random House. 1960. OCLC 367819.  Amazon
  • Elizabethan England. Odyssey Press. 1965. ASIN B0006BN6EK.  Amazon
  • Galsworthy Reader. Scribner. 1967. OCLC 729903.  Textbook
  • All About The Crusades. London: W. H. Allen. 1967.  Illustrated by Carl Rose
  • David Rees, Among Others. London: Hamilton. 1970. ISBN 0-241-01887-0. 
  • Mortal Wounds. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1973. ISBN 0-7069-4753-3.  An examination of the dossiers of three noted 19th-century women, including Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, 1766–1817
  • D. H. Lawrence. Norwood Editions. 1975. ISBN 0-88305-782-4. 
  • John Piper. London: Secker & Warburg. 1979. 
  • H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life. New York: Random House. 1984. ISBN 0-394-53196-5.  "The son of H.G. Wells and Rebecca West provides a biography of his father, chronicling the great English writer's rise to fame and fortune, his relationships with other famous people, and his numerous affairs."
  • Heritage. London: Coronet. 1984. ISBN 0-340-36938-8.  "Richard Savage, the illegitimate son of a famous British author and a prominent stage actress, faces the difficulties of growing up in boarding schools and living with one parent at a time."

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Edwin (10 February 1984). "New Life for Anthony West Tale". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Carl Rollyson, Rebecca West: A Life, p. 427
  3. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, Summer 1950, p.107