Rebecca West

Novelist, Author

1892 – 1983

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Who was Rebecca West?

Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE, better known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, 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, on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder, her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of World War II and Communist traitors; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the "Aubrey trilogy" of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her "indisputably the world's number one woman writer" in 1947. She was made CBE in 1949, and DBE in 1959, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to British letters.

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  • Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

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Born
Dec 21, 1892
London
Also known as
  • Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield
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Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • George Watson's College
Lived in
  • London
Died
Mar 15, 1983
London
Resting place
Brookwood Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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