Rebecca West

West, Dame Rebecca

Dame Rebecca West, 1892–1983, English novelist and critic, b. Ireland as Cicily Isabel Fairfield. West began her career as a journalist for feminist and suffragist publications. At various times she served as a literary critic and political writer for American and British journals. Her trenchant volumes of criticism and reportage include The Strange Necessity (1928), studies of Henry James (1916) and St. Augustine (1933), and The Court and the Castle (1957). Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942) was an extraordinary examination of the contending nationalisms that comprised the fragile nation of Yugoslavia on the eve of World War II, a combination travel book and political study. The Meaning of Treason (1947) was based on her reports of treason trial of Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) after World War II. Her novels, detailed studies of the psychology of the individual, include The Return of the Soldier (1918), The Judge (1922), The Thinking Reed (1939), The Fountain Overflows (1956), and Birds Fall Down (1966). An insightful travelogue and history, Survivors in Mexico, was written in the 1960s and posthumously published in 2003. In 1959 she was made a Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire. A stern and uncompromising moralist, West was one of the finest writers of prose in 20th-century Britain.

See her selected letters ed. by B. K. Scott (2000); annotated bibliography by J. G. Packer (1991); biography by C. Rollyson (1996); studies by P. Wolfe (1971), G. N. Ray (1974), M. Deakin (1980), and A. West (1984).

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Rebecca West: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Return of the Soldier By Rebecca West The Century Co., 1918
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"Like a Beautiful Voice Singing in a Darkened Room": Mysticism and Modernity in Rebecca West's the Return of the Soldier By Montgomery, Katherine F The Space Between, Vol. 10, January 1, 2014
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Reading Kitty's Trauma in Rebecca West's the Return of the Soldier By Pulsifer, Rebecah Studies in the Novel, Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring 2013
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Ending in Earnest: A Literary Log by Rebecca West By Rebecca West Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1931
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Immortal Goodness: Ideas of Resurrection in Rebecca West's Back Lamb and Grey Falcon By MacKay, Marina Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring 2002
Faith of a (Woman) Writer By Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien Greenwood Press, 1988
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide By Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik Greenwood Press, 2002
Rebecca West as Artist and Intellectual: Roaming outside the Herd By Rollyson, Carl Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 35, No. 2, December 2008
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"Sideways" Feminism: Rebecca West and the Saturday Evening Post, 1928 By Stetz, Margaret D The Space Between, Vol. 9, No. 1, January 1, 2013
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Rebecca West and the God That Failed By Rollyson, Carl E., Jr The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer 1996
Relentless Intellect: A Profile of Rebecca West By Greer, Herb The World and I, Vol. 19, No. 5, May 2004
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