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Rebecca West (1) (1892–1983)

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Taking her name from one of Henrik Ibsen's strong-minded women, Rebecca West was a politically and socially active feminist all her long life. She had an intense 10-year affair with H.G. Wells, with whom she had a son. A brilliant and versatile novelist, critic, essayist, and political commentator, näytä lisää West's greatest literary achievement is perhaps her travel diary, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia (1942). Five years in the writing, it is the story of an Easter trip that she and her husband, British banker Henry Maxwell Andrews (whom she had married in 1930), made through Yugoslavia in 1937. A historical narrative with excellent reporting, it is essentially an analysis of Western culture. During World War II, she superintended British broadcast talks to Yugoslavia. Her remarkable reports of the treason trials of Lord Haw and John Amery appeared first in the New Yorker and are included with other stories about traitors in The Meaning of Treason (1947), which was expanded to deal with traitors and defectors since World War II as The New Meaning of Treason (1964). The Birds Fall Down (1966), which was a bestseller, is the story of a young Englishwoman caught in the grip of Russian terrorists. From a true story told to her more than half a century ago by the sister of Ford Madox Ford (who had heard it from her Russian husband), West "created a rich and instructive spy thriller, which contains an immense amount of brilliantly distributed information about the ideologies of the time, the rituals of the Russian Orthodox Church, the conflicts of customs, belief, and temperament between Russians and Western Europeans, the techniques of espionage and counter-espionage, and the life of exiles in Paris" (New Yorker). Unlike that of her more famous contemporaries, her fiction is stylistically and structurally conventional, but it effectively details the evolution of daily life amid the backdrop of such historical disasters as the world wars. Her critical works include Arnold Bennett Himself, Henry James (1916), Strange Necessity: Essays and Reviews, and The Court and the Castle (1957), a study of political and religious ideas in imaginative literature. In 1949, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Rebecca West, 1912


Tekijän teokset

The Return of the Soldier (1918) 1,518 kappaletta
Lähde tulvii (1956) 1,045 kappaletta
The Birds Fall Down (1966) 524 kappaletta
Harriet Hume (1929) 282 kappaletta
Ajatteleva ruoko (1936) 266 kappaletta
This Real Night (1984) 251 kappaletta
The Judge (1922) 250 kappaletta
Cousin Rosamund (1985) 249 kappaletta
The Meaning of Treason (1947) 222 kappaletta
The New Meaning of Treason (1964) 219 kappaletta
A Train of Powder (1955) 153 kappaletta
The Harsh Voice: Four Short Novels (1935) — Tekijä — 128 kappaletta
Sunflower (1986) 119 kappaletta
1900 (1982) — Tekijä — 92 kappaletta
Survivors in Mexico (2003) 88 kappaletta
Family Memories (1648) 80 kappaletta
Rebecca West: A Celebration (1977) 67 kappaletta
Virago Omnibus II (1728) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
Selected Letters of Rebecca West (1515) 32 kappaletta
St. Augustine (1933) 27 kappaletta
Henry James (1974) 16 kappaletta
The Only Poet (1992) 15 kappaletta
The Return of the Soldier [1982 film] — Original book — 8 kappaletta
The Modern Rake's Progress (1934) 7 kappaletta
Ending in Earnest (1967) 5 kappaletta
Woman as Artist and Thinker (2005) 3 kappaletta
The Vassall Affair (1963) 2 kappaletta
Parthenope (2006) 1 kappale
El retorno del soldado (1982) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Pinokkio (1883) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset7,916 kappaletta
Aikakautensa valtiatar rouva de Staëlin elämäkerta (1958) — Johdanto, eräät painokset309 kappaletta
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Avustaja — 266 kappaletta
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta
The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage (2003) — Avustaja — 166 kappaletta
Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg (1777) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset157 kappaletta
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Avustaja — 142 kappaletta
Vuoteni Venäjällä (1924) — Johdanto, eräät painokset123 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Avustaja — 114 kappaletta
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Avustaja — 110 kappaletta
Saints for Now (1952) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
The New Yorker Book of War Pieces (1947) — Avustaja — 95 kappaletta
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (2021) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta
Nuremberg (1978) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset76 kappaletta
Great Spy Stories From Fiction (1969) — Avustaja, eräät painokset73 kappaletta
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
Infinite Riches (1993) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
The London Omnibus (1932) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Agenda : Wyndham Lewis special issue — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
West, Rebecca
Virallinen nimi
Fairfield, Cicely Isabel
Muut nimet
West, Rebecca
Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Ibston, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
George Watson's Ladies College
Time and Tide (director)
West, Anthony (son)
Wells, H. G. (lover)
Fairfield, Letitia (sister)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 1972)
Time and Tide
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1949)
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander, 1959)
Women's Press Club Award for Journalism (1948)
Legion d'Honneur
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Rebecca West was the pen name of Cicily Isabel Andrews, née Fairfield, born in London, England (some sources say Kerry, Ireland), to an Anglo-Irish-Scottish family. She was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland but had to leave school at 16. She went to London to train as an actress, and took her pseudonym from her role in the Henrik Ibsen play Rosmersholm. She became a journalist around 1911, working first for the feminist publications Freewoman and the Clarion, in support of women's right to vote, and later contributing essays and reviews to The New Republic, The New York Herald Tribune, The Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, and many other national newspapers and magazines in the UK and USA. She was at times a foreign correspondent, and wrote social and cultural criticism, book reviews, travel writing, fiction, and nonfiction. In 1918, she published her first novel, The Return of the Soldier. Other works included The Judge (1922), Harriet Hume (1929), The Thinking Reed (1936), The Fountain Overflows (1957), and The Birds Fall Down (1966). After visiting Yugoslavia and the Balkans in 1937, she published the two-volume Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942). Her reports on the Nuremberg trials following World War II were collected in A Train of Powder (1955). West was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1959. She had a 10-year liaison with H.G. Wells that began in 1913 and produced a son, Anthony West. At age 37, in 1930, she married Henry Maxwell Andrews, a banker.



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Rebecca West recommendations, Virago Modern Classics (kesäkuu 2013)


A soldier, shell-shocked in the trenches of WWI, has lost all memory of the previous fifteen years, leaving him with idyllic memories of young love with an innkeeper's daughter. His arrogant upper-crust wife is a complete stranger, and a cousin (who relates the story) he remembers only as a child. A potential cure means he faces the memory of all the horrors of the front. Is this a real cure or is he better off sick? Even the doctor sees no urgency for change.

The opening chapter filled with upper class horror of anything below them almost put me off reading this book. A woman is noticed approaching the house and Kitty (the soldier's wife) is horrified - ugh, she is badly dressed, ugly, not one of us, don't open the door… That attitude prevails. While the wife is painted as saintly, the other woman, her clothing, her umbrella, is cruelly disparaged.

West's descriptions of nature are lengthy and beautiful, but of necessity character development is minimal as she focuses in on the small group. It is unfortunate that the author used outrageous class prejudice to highlight the tragedy, evidently unable to to recognize that it would be just as devastating in any circumstances. The result is overly romantic but as the author was aged 24 when she wrote this, her first novel, in 1918, maybe it is understandable.
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VivienneR | 75 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2023 |
This is the story of a soldier during WWI who returns home shell-shocked. He can't remember the last 15 years of his life, including the marriage to his wife. He does remember a summer "love" and the two meet frequently in the garden, the wife begrudgingly agreeing that it might bring back Chris' memory. It doesn't and the wife grows more bitter. Not only is this about the horror of the Great War, it is the story of brutal class warfare. The author writes very lyrically. It was a very slow moving book. Favorite quote, "She isn't beautiful any longer. She's drearily married. She's seamed and scored and ravaged by squalid circumstances. You can't love her when you see her." 140 pages… (lisätietoja)
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Tess_W | 75 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 14, 2023 |
What a haunting novella this is and one in which the title takes on a completely different meaning as the story progresses. There is so much depth to this story. It can be seen as a treatise on what war does to those who fight it and those who await their return, a tale about the degrees of love people experience and the sacrifices they are willing (or unwilling) to make for the good of one another, or a tragedy about the irrevocable loss of youth and innocence and the longing of the soul to recapture that time.

It has often been said that no man returns from a war unchanged, and this is all too true, but Chris Baldry has found the one way to avoid that fate, and that is to wipe the war and the fifteen years that preceded it from his mind. In this state of regression, we are allowed to see the different faces of love and loss in Chris’ life--the wife who seems to love the idea of a perfect husband rather than the man himself, the cousin who loves the man but finds there is much about him that she does not know or understand, and the love of his youth who loves him purely and unconditionally.

Perhaps it is the experience of the war that enables Chris to see beyond the surface and the material and recognize the value of the loving, though less glamorous, Margaret. He has, after all, just come from the devastation and death of the battlefield. For our narrator, the cousin Jenny, who is still under the sway of the opulence of the things they own and the mansion they live in, it takes a while to see beyond Margaret’s ugly yellow coat and frumpy housewife demeanor and into the open heart that embraces this man for his soul, offering him peace through her presence. Chris’ wife, the cold and elegant Kitty, learns nothing from Margaret. In the end, she represents the rules of society--the ones that demand we marry a person of equal status and pretend to a perfect life, and the ones that send young men off to the horrors of war.

I do not generally like to give away any plot elements when I review a book, but I found this review impossible to write without including perhaps too much of its content. For such a short book, it carries a strong message and delivers it with beautifully structured sentences, brilliant descriptions, and forceful writing. I have no doubt that I will be thinking about it for some time.
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mattorsara | 75 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 11, 2022 |
A collection of articles written for The New Yorker covering the Nuremberg Trial and other trials in American and England. Great writer who is difficult to read, long sentences that I had to go back and read again to understand the meaning. I took my time reading this book as it had such insight into that time in history. West reported the story as it unfolded with some incredible observations into human behavior
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almin | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 9, 2022 |



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