Saturday, July 18, 2009
Mary Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American Quaker who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).
West went to Whittier College in the 1920s. There she helped found the Palmer Society, in 1921.
Much of her work concerns Indiana Quakers. Although she was born in Vernon, Indiana she left the state at the age of six when her family moved to California. Asked about this in an interview, she said, "I write about [Indiana] because knowing little about it, I can create it."
Listen to two short excerpts from radio programs featuring Jessamyn West's work, free from the California Legacy Project.