Selected Letters of Rebecca West

Selected Letters of Rebecca West

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Selected Letters of Rebecca West

From the time that George Bernard Shaw remarked that “Rebecca West could handle a pen as brilliantly as ever I could and much more savagely,” West’s writings and her politics have elicited strong reactions. This collection of her letters—the first ever published—has been culled from the estimated ten thousand she wrote during her long life. The more than two hundred selected letters follow this spirited author, critic, and journalist from her first feminist campaign for women’s suffrage when she was a teenager through her reassessments of the twentieth century written in 1982, in her ninetieth year.

The letters, which are presented in full, include correspondence with West’s famous lover H. G. Wells and with Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman, Noel Coward, and many others; offer pronouncements on such contemporary authors as Norman Mailer, Nadine Gordimer, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; and provide new insights into her battles against misogyny, fascism, and communism. West deliberately fashions her own biography through this intensely personal correspondence, challenging rival accounts of her groundbreaking professional career, her frustrating love life, and her tormented family relations. Engrossing to read, the collection sheds new light on this important figure and her social and literary milieu.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300079043
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Modernity
Pages: 546
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

xi Acknowledgments

xv Introduction

xxv Chronology

xxxii Rebecca West's Family Tree

xxxv Biographical Sketches

xlvii Note on Editing Conventions

1 Part One Panther with a Pen, 1907-1923

61 Part Two Rebecca Goes West, 1923-1930

125 Part Three Ric, Rac, and the Fight Against Fascism, 1930-1945

197 Part Four Confronting Communism, 1944-1955

301 Part Five Dame Commander of Letters, 1955-1969

415 Part Six Auntie C. and Personal History, 1969-1983

481 Bibliography

485 Index

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