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Paul West

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Birthday
23, 1930
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 18, 2015 (85)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
23, 1930
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 18, 2015 (85)

About

A British poet, novelist, and non-fiction author, he is best known for works such as I'm Expecting to Live Quite Soon (1970) and Love's Mansion (1992). His works tend to focus on failed relationships, life struggles, and the human will to survive. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes for his literary work.

Before Fame

He attended Oxford University and later studied at Columbia. He published his first novel, A Quality of Mercy, in 1961.

Trivia

He liked to compose his work on a typewriter while listening to classical music.

Family Life

He married Diane Ackerman. His wife detailed his recovery from a stroke in her memoir, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage and the Language of Healing.

Associated With

He admired the work of fellow poet Ezra Pound.