Dorothy West (1907-1998) was an important representative of the Harlem Renaissance in literature. She is known for her short stories and novel depicting the African-American experience.
Her first story was published locally at the age of 14, after which her work appeared in a variety of literary magazines. Most notably, she was the first black writer ever published by the New York Daily News. Her first novel, The Living Is Easy, was published in 1948 and enjoyed critical acclaim.