The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West

A Biography
Product Number: EB00650362
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619023741
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Description

A "fast-paced and well-researched" biography of the writer who fought for women's suffrage, had a child with H.G. Wells, and covered the Nuremberg trials (NPR Books). Winner of the Granta Memoir Award Rebecca West was a leading figure in the twentieth century literary scene. A passionate suffragist and socialist, fiercely intelligent, she published her first book, a biography of Henry James, when she was only twenty-four, and her first novel followed just two years later. She had a notorious affair with H.G. Wells, and their son, Anthony, was born out of wedlock at the beginning of the First World War. She is perhaps best remembered for her classic account of pre-war Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and for her coverage of the Nuremberg trials. When she died in 1983 at the age of ninety, William Shawn, then editor-in-chief of the New Yorker, said: "Rebecca West was one of the giants and will have a lasting place in English literature. No one in this century wrote more dazzling prose, or had more wit, or looked at the intricacies of human character and the ways of the world more intelligently." Lorna Gibb's vivid and insightful biography affords a dazzling insight into her life and work. "West was a woman of 'surprising contradictions,' and this biography captures them all without losing sight of the very real person in whom they resided." —TheWashington Post

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Author(s): Lorna Gibb
Original Publish Date: Apr 21, 2014

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