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Dorothy West is a writer remembered for her sharp observations of varied issues within the African American community.
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While she had an idea for another novel, she put it on the back burner. Encouragement from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a book editor and an island summer resident, led West to complete her second novel, The Wedding (1995). West once again garnered praise from critics,
who lauded the work's multigenerational look at class and racial issues regarding an affluent African-American family. The book also sparked a renewed interest in her other writings and led to the publication of the collection The Richer, The Poorer: Stories, Sketches and Reminiscences (1995).
Dorothy West died on August 16, 1998, in Boston, Massachusetts. Today, she's remembered for her sharp observations of economic, social, racial and gender issues within the African-American community.
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