Paul West (born February 23, 1930) is an English writer and poet. He has been awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award in 1985 and the Lannon Prize for Fiction and Grand Prix Halperine-Kaminsky awards in 1993.
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- Humanism, it seems, is almost impossible in America where material progress is part of the national romance whereas in Europe such progress is relished because it feels nice.
- George Santayana, from The Wine of Absurdity (1966).