The Essential Rebecca West: Uncollected Prose

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-03
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Take a short trip through the mind of one of the most entertainingly bright writers of the 20th century. This selection of previously uncollected prose by Rebecca West, with its dazzling show of verbal and philosophical mastery, shows why West is still the secret weapon of newspaper editors, intellectuals and raconteurs the world over. Wielding a pen that's as savage as it is brilliant, in these pages West has something genuinely original to say about love, war, pride and politics. Her insights throw new light onto great literary and political figures such as Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. She thrashes a new path through the thorny thicket of feminism. She takes you on a truly bizarre excursion to wartime London. She even has something surprising and memorable to say about cats. In all, this wide-ranging, eclectic collection from a woman who has been called the finest of her generation is pretty much guaranteed to make you feel and sound smarter. Not bad for $15. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Rebecca West was a London-born journalist, novelist, reviewer and essayist who brought a powerful feminist voice to the 20th century. Her greatest work, "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon," an investigation into the nature of war and history structured around a tour of pre-War Yugoslavia, was listed among the most significant books of the 20th century. Time hailed her as "the world's number one woman writer," and she was; made Dame of the British Empire in 1959. Several of her novels have been adapted for film, TV and radio, including "The Return of the Soldier," "The Birds Fall Down" and "The Fountain Overflows." Her powerful journalistic skills made her the writer New Yorker editor Harold Ross trusted to cover the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Encounterp. 7
A Day in Townp. 16
Aspects of Love: Mutual Dislike: An essay on Paradise Lostp. 24
Why My Mother Was Frightened of Catsp. 32
The Novelist's Voicep. 47
Cortés Meets Montezuma. An Extract from Survivors in Mexicop. 57
The Craft of the Reviewerp. 79
Aren't Men Beasts. Patriarchal Attitudes: Women in Societyp. 89
The Greek Way. The Challenge of the Greeksp. 94
Telling Horatio About It: Popularised Philosophy: This Is My Philosophyp. 98
The Scientific Outlookp. 104
The Weight-Lifter. Dosloevsky: His Life and Workp. 108
A Master of Humbug - Charles Dickens: A Lifep. 113
Brave New Worldp. 118
Soviet Camps: Who's Guilty? The Gulag Archipelago IIp. 125
The Age of Consentp. 130
The Mysterious Maud. Maud Gonnep. 135
Busy Little Worker Bees. Bolshevik Feminist: The Life of Aleksandra Kollontaip. 139
The Man Who Told Too Much. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixonp. 143
The Gathering Storm: The Second World War, Volume 1p. l48
Winston's Prop and Stay. Clementine Churchillp. 157
Queen Elizabethp. 162
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