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Rebecca West

Dame Rebecca West, DBE (1892 – 1983) was an author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific author in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She met H.G. Wells in 1913, after her provocatively damning review of his novel Marriage prompted him to invite her to lunch. They fell in love, though Wells was married at the time, and their affair lasted ten years producing a son.

 

In 1947 Time magazine called West, ‘indisputably the world’s number one woman writer’ and in 1954 Kenneth Tynan described her as, ‘the best journalist alive’. She was made CBE in 1949, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British letters.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Fiction
The Return of the Soldier (1918)
The Judge (1922)
Harriet Hume (1929)
The Harsh Voice: Four Short Novels (1935)
The Thinking Reed (1936)
The Fountain Overflows (1956)
This Real Night (1984)
Cousin Rosamund (1985)
The Birds Fall Down (1966)
Sunflower (1986)
The Sentinel (2002)

Non-fiction
The Essential Rebecca West (2010)
Henry James (1916)
The Strange Necessity: Essays and Reviews (1928)
Ending in Earnest: A literary Log (1931)
St Augustine (1933)
The Modern Rake’s Progress (co-authored with David Low, 1934)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941)
The Meaning of Treason (1949)
The New Meaning of Treason (1964)
A Train of Powder (1955)
The Court and the Castle (1958)
The Young Rebecca (1982)
Family Memories: An Autobiographical Journey (1987)
The Selected Letters of Rebecca West (2000), edited by Bonnie Kime Scott
Survivors in Mexico (2003)
Woman as Artist and Thinker (2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON


First published in 1942, Rebecca West’s epic masterpiece is widely regarded as the most illuminating book to have been written on the former state of Yugoslavia. It is a work of enduring value that remains essential for anyone attempting to understand the enigmatic history of the Balkan states, and the continuing friction in this fractured area of Europe.


PUBLICATION DATE: 27 July 2006

UK PUBLISHER: CANONGATE PRESS

ISBN CODE: 9781841957876

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: TRANSLATION

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COUSIN ROSAMUND


Cousin Rosamund unfolds the final chapters of the saga that began with The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West’s acknowleged masterpiece, and continued with This Real Night. As the glitter of the 1920s gives way to the Depression, Rose and Mary find themselves feted and successful pianists. But their happiness is diminished by their cousin’s unfathomable marriage to a man they perceive as grotesque. Lacking her cousin Rosamund’s intuitive understanding, Rose looks to the surrogate wisdom of Mr Morpurgo, while quiet days with Aunt Lily and the Darcys at their pub on the Thames offer respite from the tensions of foreign concert tours. With approaching middle age Rose gains in perspective. Yet the most exciting development still awaits her: the discovery of and delight in her own sexuality.


PUBLICATION DATE: 31 Dec 1988

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9780860688297

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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HARRIET HUME


Harriet Hume, musical, mystical and whimsical, is the very essence of femininity- both princess and trollop. Her beautiful room in a dilapidated Kensington House is the setting for this love story, she herself an extension of the beauty which surrounds her. Here amidst trees and lilacs, Arnold Condorex comes to be loved. And love him Harriet does, beyond reason. But Condorex is a man bent on power and Harriet is a woman with powers of quite another kind. In ruthlessly pursuing his ambition, Harriet- his better self- must be cast aside.


PUBLICATION DATE: 12 Jun 2008

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9781844085842

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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SUNFLOWER


Sunflower is Sybil Fassendyll, a beautiful, 30-year-old actress at the peak of her career. For the past ten years, she has been the mistress of the brilliant but moody and domineering Lord Essington. But when she meets American millionaire politician Francis Pitt in London, she soon leaves Essington and becomes involved with Pitt to the point of obsession. Though outwardly a powerful public woman, Sunflower secretly yearns for marriage and family, home and security.


PUBLICATION DATE: 19 Jun 2008

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9781844085835

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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THE FOUNTAIN OVERFLOWS


Rose Aubrey is one of a family of three sisters and their adored young brother, Richard Quin. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent noble, improvident and, when it suits his ends, quite unprincipled leader of popular causes. Pier’s streak of folly continually threatens his family with financial ruin and social disgrace, tragedies only narrowly averted by their mother, Clare, who becomes their tower of strength.


PUBLICATION DATE: 03 March 2011

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9781844086993

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK

ITALY



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THE HARSH VOICE


In these four brilliant short novels set in America, England and Paris, Rebecca West explores the lives and relationships of rich women and men who are ruled by ‘the harsh voice we hear when money talks, or hate’. There is Josie, a flower of American girlhood whose boundless ambition for wealth fatally loosens the bonds of her marriage to Corrie. There is Etienne de Sevenac, a dilettante French aristocrat whose courtly stratagems are no match for Nancy Sarle – a plain but powerful American businesswoman. There is Alice Pemberton, a sensible Englishwoman – the very salt of the earth – but a petty tyrant in her gracious Georgian home. And lastly there is Sam Hartley, an American businessman who has fought his way to riches with his wife at his side, but whose life is now haunted by an abiding vision of beautiful young women.


PUBLICATION DATE: 19 Jun 2008

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9781844085859

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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THE JUDGE


Ellen Melville is a beautiful suffragette who, at seventeen, wants passionately to experience all that life can give her. From her abandoned, impoverished mother she inherits only a capacity for love and this she freely gives when she meets Richard Yaverland, charming, experienced, a man of the world. But Richard is the illegitamate son of a powerful and frustrated woman. Marion Yaverland uses her own betrayal by Richard’s father to imprison her son, creating a murderous bond which destroys everything it touches. The strugges of Ellen and Richard to survive the sins of their fathers takes its inevitable course: giving freely to her passionate lover, Ellen commences a re-enactment of all that has gone before.


PUBLICATION DATE: 19 Jun 2008

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9781844085828

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER


The soldier returns from the front to the three women who love him. His wife, Kitty, with her cold, moonlight beauty, and his devoted cousin Jenny wait in their exquisite home on the crest of the Harrow-weald. Margaret Allington, his first and long-forgotten love, is nearby in the dreary suburb of Wealdstone. But the soldier is shell-shocked and can only remember the Margaret he loved fifteen years before, when he was a young man and she an inn-keeper’s daughter. His cousin he remembers only as a childhood playmate; his wife he remembers not at all. The women have a choice – to leave him where he wishes to be, or to ‘cure’ him. It is Margaret who reveals a love so great that she can make the final sacrifice.


PUBLICATION DATE: 02 DECEMBER 2010
UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO
ISBN CODE: 9781844086986
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THIS REAL NIGHT


Acknowledged as Rebecca West’s fictional masterpiece, The Fountain Overflows introduces the crisis-ridden Aubrey family. This Real Night continues their remarkable story. It is the early 1900s. With the disappearance of Piers, her feckless and gambling husband, and the sale of some valuable paintings, Clare Aubrey has a firmer grip on the purse strings. Rose and Mary are at music college, struggling for artistic perfection, while the self-assured Cordelia has fallen into the role of art dealer’s assistant. Richard Quin, beloved younger brother, is contemplating Oxford. The children’s coming of age, with its gradual acceptance of love and loss, becomes all the more poignant as the events of the First World War gather pace.


PUBLICATION DATE: 12 Nov 1992

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9780860686699

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THE BIRDS FALL DOWN


One afternoon, in an early summer of this century, eighteen-year-old Laura Rowan sits on the garden steps of her house embroidering a handkerchief. She overhears a conversation between her father, an English Member of Parliament, and her mother, Tania, the daughter of an exiled Russian royalist. Tania’s decision to take Laura to Paris to visit her grandfather, Count Nikilai Diakonov, means that Laura will unwittingly become a witness to the momentous events leading up to the Russian Revolution…Through a vivid canvas layered with intrigue, conspiracy and murder, Rebecca West has created a story that is at once a family saga, a political thriller, a philosophical drama and an historical novel.

PUBLICATION DATE: 10 Nov 1986

UK PUBLISHER: VIRAGO

ISBN CODE: 9780860686620

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK


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