Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - October 2, 1998
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Ann Dahlstrom Farmer, associate professor of English at Whittier College, and Philip M. O'Brien, college librarian, have collaborated on Jessamyn West: A Descriptive and Annotated Bibliography, published by Scarecrow Press in August.

Number 100 in Scarecrow Press's series of author bibliographies, the book is a compilation of everything West wrote, from her first short story, "99.6," published in Broun's Nutmeg in 1939, to Collected Stories of Jessamyn West, published posthumously in 1986. The bibliography's foreword was written by West's husband and daughter, Harry Maxwell McPherson and Ann McCarthy Cash.

West and McPherson graduated from Whittier College in 1923 and married that same year. Although she did not publish until she was 37 years old, she left a legacy of work that includes short stories, poetry, autobiography and novels. Her most famous book, The Friendly Persuasion, was printed in 1945 and later made into a motion picture starring Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire as Jess and Eliza Cope Birdwell, Quakers raising a family in the midst of the Civil War.

Farmer has published a number of articles and a monograph on West. She has also co-authored two books on language and critical thinking. She received a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from Whittier College, and an M.A. in linguistics from California State University at Fullerton.

O'Brien has published and spoken on West and John Greenleaf Whittier, but has published primarily on T. E. Lawrence. He received the Library Association of Great Britain's Besterman Medal in 1988 for his T. E. Lawrence bibliography. He received a B.A. from Whittier College and M.S.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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