Rebecca West


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in London, England
December 21, 1892

Died
March 15, 1983

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Cicely Isabel Fairfield, 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 Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic, and she was a correspondent for The Bookman. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder (1955), her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Trea ...more

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The Return of the Soldier

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3.70 avg rating — 5,326 ratings — published 1918 — 40 editions
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Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

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4.23 avg rating — 1,973 ratings — published 1941 — 38 editions
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The Fountain Overflows

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3.82 avg rating — 2,197 ratings — published 1956 — 34 editions
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The Birds Fall Down

3.65 avg rating — 324 ratings — published 1966 — 23 editions
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This Real Night

3.97 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 1984 — 16 editions
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Cousin Rosamund

3.71 avg rating — 304 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
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Harriet Hume

3.43 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 1929 — 16 editions
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The Thinking Reed

3.55 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 1936 — 17 editions
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A Train of Powder

3.74 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 1946 — 19 editions
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The Saga of the Century: Th...

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“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
Rebecca West

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.”
Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

“You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is.”
Rebecca West, The Fountain Overflows

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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, 36 pages, 1930
 
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The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy, 128 pages, 1889
 
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The Woman of Andros by Thornton Wilder, 112 pages, 1930
 
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