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Jessamyn West is a world famous and well-recognized Screenwriter. She was born on 18 July 1902, as Mary Jessamyn West in Vernon, Indiana, United States. She is a celebrity author. She is famous for being a successful Novelist. She is also known as, An American Novelist and short story writer, she is known for such works as The Friendly Persuasion (1945) and A Mirror for the Sky (1948). Jessamyn ranked on the list of most popular Novelists. She died on 23 February 1984, at the age of 81, in Napa Country, California, USA.

NameJessamyn West
Full NameMary Jessamyn West
Date of birth18 July 1902
BirthplaceVernon, Indiana, United States
Date of death23 February 1984
Death placeNapa, California, USA
Age (at the time of death)81 years
Zodiac signCancer

Jessamyn West Net worth –

Jessamyn West is one of the richest Novelists. Jessamyn West net worth or net income is estimated to be between $1 Million – $2 Million dollars. She has made such an amount of wealth from her primary career as Novelist.

Net worth$1 Million – $2 Million
Source of IncomeNovelist

Jessamyn West Trivia –

She is the second cousin of president Richard M. Nixon. Her popular novel, The Friendly Persuasion (played by Gary Cooper ) was based on their great grandfather.

Jessamyn West Family Background –

Jessamyn West (18 July 1902 – 23 Feb 1984), author was born Mary Jessamyn West, She is the daughter of Eldo Roy West and Grace Anna Milhous. Her mother came from a well-established Quaker family, while her father, who farmed, studied law, and taught school, came from a poor, non-Quaker family. 

FatherEldo Roy West
MotherGrace Anna Milhous

Jessamyn West Relationship and More –

Marital statusMarried
HusbandHarry Maxwell McPherson

Jessamyn West Personal Life and Education –

West was born in Vernon, Indiana, to Eldo Roy West and Grace Anna Milhous. Her family left the state to move to California, when she was the age of six. The family included two brothers and a sister, Merle, Myron, and Clara. Growing up in the West Home in the same rural Yorba Linda region as Nixon, West attended a Sunday school class taught by Nixon’s father, Frank, whom she described as “a fiery persuasive teacher”. She later wrote that Frank Nixon’s version of the social gospel inclined her politically towards socialism.

She graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1919 and After she graduated from Fullerton High School, she continued her education, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English from Whittier College in 1923. There she helped found the Palmer Society in 1921. In 1923, she married Harry Maxwell McPherson, a teacher, who also has a Quaker background. They lived in Yorba Linda before West started graduate work at the University of California. While there, she attended Oxford University for a semester, and visited Paris. Prior to her final exams at Berkeley, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In August, 1932, she was sent to a sanitorium and was eventually sent home because she was not expected to live. While in the hospital, she took up writing to pass her time. Slowly she began a recovery but the writing continued. West lived her last 24 years in Napa Valley California where her husband was a school superintendent. She adopted a daughter, named Ann Cash. She died from poor health following a stroke at the age of 81.

Jessamyn West Career –

Jessamyn West started her career as a Screenwriter from an early age. She used her writing as therapy in her fight against the disease and in 1945 published her first book, ‘The Friendly Persuasion,’ tales about a Quaker family living on the border between the North and the South during the Civil War. The book was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper and Anthony Perkins with a popular title song. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award. Miss West lived most of her life in California, moving to the Napa Valley wine country more than 40 years ago.

While doing graduate work at the University of California, she was stricken with tuberculosis and hospitalized in a sanatorium. Later she was released and in her words ‘sent home to die.’ She turned to writing stories while fighting the disease and her first short story, ‘99.6,’ was published while her husband was principal and coach at St. Helena High School. She and her husband then moved to Napa where McPherson served as school principal until his retirement.

Many of her stories dealt with Quakers, although she wrote on other subjects too. Her stories, although shaped by her imagination, are loosely based on tales told to her by her mother and grandmother of their life in rural Indiana. Among her short story collections were ‘Cress Delahanty,’ ‘Crimson Ramblers of the World, Farewell,’ ‘Except For Me and Thee,’ and ‘Love, Death and the Ladies’ Drill Team.’ Her novels included ‘A Matter of Time,’ ‘Leafy Rivers,’ ‘South Of The Angels,’ ‘The Witch Diggers’ and ‘Massacre At Fall Creek.’ She also wrote a book about her experiences in Hollywood during the filming of ‘The Friendly Persuasion’ entitled ‘To See the Dream.’

Jessamyn West Published Works –

  • The Friendly Persuasion – 1945
  • A Mirror for the Sky – 1948
  • The Witch Diggers – 1951
  • Cress Delahanty – 1953
  • Love, Death, and the Ladies’ Drill Team – 1955
  • To See the Dream
  • Love Is Not What You Think – 1959
  • South of the Angels – 1960
  • The Quaker Reader – 1962
  • A Matter of Time – 1966
  • Leafy Rivers – 1967
  • Except for Me and Thee – 1969
  • Crimson Ramblers of the World, Farewell – 1970
  • Hide and Seek – 1973
  • The Secret Look – 1974
  • The Massacre at Fall Creek – 1975
  • The Life I really Lived
  • The Woman Said Yes – 1976
  • Double Discovery
  • The State of Stony Lonesome
  • Collected Stories of Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive. – Jessamyn West
  • The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. – Jessamyn West
  • A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. – Jessamyn West
  • Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. – Jessamyn West
  • Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract. – Jessamyn West
  • Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West
  • A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. – Jessamyn West
  • It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. – Jessamyn West

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