Anthony West

Writer, Author

1914 – 1987


Who was Anthony West?

Anthony West was a British author and literary critic. He was the son of British authors Rebecca West and H. G. Wells. Anthony West's best-known book is H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life, a biography of his father. Born Anthony Panther West Fairfield, his parents never wed. In 1955, he wrote a novel "Heritage", which was technically a fiction, but which dealt with the trials of boy who grows up largely neglected and ignored by his famous parents. This was obviously disguised autobiography, as any reader would understand. In it his mother appeared much worse than his father, whom he admired all his life. She fell out with him over it, famously threatening to sue if the book was published in Britain. See: 1.4 Relationship with her son. It was not published in Britain until 1984, after she died.

A critically lauded author, he wrote novels, essays and nonfiction works, and reviewed books for The New Yorker from the 1950s till the late 1970s. He was a winner of the Houghton Mifflin Award for his novel The Vintage, which Boucher and McComas praised as "a brilliantly terrifying exploration of the theme that each age creates its own peculiar species of hell and Devil."

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Aug 4, 1914
Also known as
  • Anthony Panther West Fairfield
  • United Kingdom
Dec 27, 1987

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