Other Literary Forms
Best known for her first collection of short stories, The Friendly Persuasion, Jessamyn West also published eight novels during her long literary career, including Leafy Rivers (1967), set on the frontier in nineteenth century Ohio, and South of the Angels (1960), set, like many of her short stories, in Southern California. West also published an opera libretto based on the life of John James Audubon, A Mirror for the Sky (1948), and a collection of poems, The Secret Look: Poems (1974). Among her screenplays was that for the film Friendly Persuasion (1956), written in collaboration. Her autobiographical writings include an account of the production of that film, To See the Dream (1957); Hide and Seek: A Continuing Journey (1973), the story of her early life; The Woman Said Yes: Encounters with Life and Death—Memoirs (1976), dealing with her illness with tuberculosis and her sister’s sickness and suicide; and Double Discovery: A Journey (1980), a travel diary. She edited The Quaker Reader in 1962.