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West, Jessamyn

West, Jessamyn, 1907–84, American novelist, b. Indiana. A Quaker herself, her most famous novel is The Friendly Persuasion (1945), about the conflicts felt by a Quaker farm family during the Civil War. Other works include the novels Cress Delahanty (1954) and Except for Me and Thee (1969), a sequel to The Friendly Persuasion collections of stories including Love, Death, and the Ladies Drill Team (1955), and Collected Stories (1987) and the autobiographical Hide and Seek (1973) and The Woman Said Yes (1976).

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