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Rebecca West: A Life

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H.G. Wells, Lord Beaverbrook and Charlie Chaplin were among the notable lovers attracted by Rebecca West's fame, beauty and wit. This authorized biography explores the life of the novelist, critic, biographer, and travel writer whose writing left an indelible mark on 20th-century British letters, and whose razor wit and notorious love affairs have made her life almost as l ...more
Hardcover, 511 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Scribner Book Company
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Nov 17, 2010 Elaine rated it liked it
As one of the originators of the nonfiction novel, Rebecca West deserved a biography that was more novelesque, or, if not that, one that was interpretive enough to make sense of her life or exhaustive enough to allow readers to draw their own conclusions. As it is, this bio offers a good basic chronology, but it makes West herself come across as a vicious, thin-skinned, judgmental, vituperative harpy.

The only interpersonal relationship that Rollyson analyzes in depth is West's with her son Anth
Nov 21, 2007 Sariah rated it liked it
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An interesting biography, Rollyson does an excellent job describing West’s work and its importance to literature, journalism, and politics. He also does a thorough job analyzing West’s relationships with her son Anthony, and her lover H.G. Wells. He does a less thorough job, however, when it comes to her extended family; providing only an outline of West’s mother and two sisters. At times the author is simply name dropping; he mentions West’s dislike of T.S. Eliot (going so far as to call him he ...more
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Carl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published more than forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie to studies of American culture, genealogy, children’s biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored more t ...more
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