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by Rebecca West
It was the last year of Queen Victoria's reign and the beginning of Lenin's communist reign. All the glamour, uncertainty, innocence, charm, and exuberance of 1900 are evoked with contemporary illustrations and West's lively insights. 10" x 8 1/2". B&W photos & illus.
Published by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
(first published January 1st 1996)
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To learn about the period I recommend reading Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower. Then read 1900 and imagine hearing the voice of Maggie Smith as Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess at age 88. She meanders through personal memories and historical discourse about a pivotal year, replete with sometimes bizarre digressions and witty bon mots about the classes, the Queen, the Boer War, and so on.
Cicely Isabel Fairfield (21 December 1892-15 March 1983), known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She reviewed books for The T ...moreMore about Rebecca West...