West wrote a number of plays that failed to achieve widespread success due to poor ticket sales and negative attention from the authorities due to concerns over indecency. Diamond Lil told the story of a woman in the 1890s. Though racy, it became her first Broadway hit.
'Texas Guinan' was Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan, a saloon keeper, actress and entrepeneur. She was known for playing self-reliant women, often gun-slingers.