Dorothy West Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Harrison, Naomi. “Dorothy West: A Bibliography.” Bulletin of Bibliography 56 (December 1999): 181-87.

Complete bibliography of works by and about West, to 1999, with introduction.


Andrews, William, Francis Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, eds. The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Biographical sketch of West.

Guinier, Genii. Black Women Oral History Project Interview with Dorothy West, May 6, 1978. Cambridge, MA: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1981, pp. 1-75.

Text of an interview with West exploring her own life experiences and her reflections on historical events.

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson, 1993.

Biographical sketch, with photograph and listing of primary and secondary sources.

Roses, Lorraine Elena and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers, 1900-1945. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1990.

Includes a biographical sketch, with emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance years, reviews of The Living Is Easy, and a bibliography of primary sources to 1990.


Thompson, E. B. “Review of The Living Is Easy, by Dorothy West.” Chicago Sun Book Week, June 19, 1948, p. 8.

Early review of West's first novel.

Additional coverage of West's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Black Writers, Vol. 2; and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 143, 169; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 76.