Jessamyn West

Finalist, 1952 National Book Awards

essamyn West (1902-1984) was born in Indiana to Quaker parents and lived most of her life in California. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Mademoiselle, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Redbook, among others.
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The Witch Diggers

First edition cover of The Witch Diggers by Jessamyn West
ISBN 9780151976379 Harcourt, Brace and Company

Christie Fraser went to court Cate Conboy on Xmas Eve 1899. He had only met her once at his cousins sociable. During his visit he learned a lot about Cate, her family, and the inmated of the Poor Farm her father ran. The reader learns what happed to Cate's courtship and what role the "diggers" played. More about this book >

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Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West (1902-1984) was born in Indiana to Quaker parents and lived most of her life in California. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Mademoiselle, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Redbook, among others. Her other books include The State of Stony Lonesome, Massacre at Fall Creek, and The Collected Stories of Jessamyn West.

Jessamyn West developed the habit of writing while sitting up in bed during the years she spent recovering from tuberculosis in the 1930s.

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