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Rebecca West (1) [1892–1983]

This page covers the author of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.

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Black Lamb and Grey Falcon 1,346 copies, 19 reviews
The Return of the Soldier 1,273 copies, 71 reviews
The Fountain Overflows 900 copies, 19 reviews
The Birds Fall Down 467 copies, 2 reviews
Harriet Hume 254 copies, 8 reviews
The Thinking Reed 243 copies, 4 reviews
Cousin Rosamund 223 copies, 6 reviews
The Judge 217 copies, 9 reviews
This Real Night 207 copies, 6 reviews
The Meaning of Treason 193 copies, 2 reviews
The New Meaning of Treason 187 copies, 2 reviews
A Train of Powder 119 copies, 2 reviews
Sunflower 107 copies
1900 77 copies, 2 reviews
Pinocchio (Afterword, some editions) 5,889 copies, 114 reviews
Mistress to an age : a life of Madame de Staël (Introduction, some editions) 273 copies, 4 reviews
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (Contributor) 166 copies, 1 review
The Book of Spies. An Anthology of Literary Espionage (Contributor) 151 copies, 5 reviews
Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg (Editor, some editions) 130 copies, 2 reviews
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (Contributor) 121 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (Contributor) 98 copies
My Disillusionment in Russia (Introduction, some editions) 90 copies, 2 reviews
Saints for Now (Contributor) 78 copies
Great Spy Stories From Fiction (Contributor, some editions) 64 copies
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Rebecca West was the pen name of Cicily Isabel Andrews, née Fairfield, born in London, England (some sources say Kerry, Ireland), to an Anglo-Irish-Scottish family. She was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland but had to leave school at 16. She went to London to train as an actress, and took her pseudonym from her role in the Henrik Ibsen play Rosmersholm. She became a journalist around 1911, working first for the feminist publications Freewoman and the Clarion, in support of women's right to vote, and later contributing essays and reviews to The New Republic, The New York Herald Tribune, The Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, and many other national newspapers and magazines in the UK and USA. She was at times a foreign correspondent, and wrote social and cultural criticism, book reviews, travel writing, fiction, and nonfiction. In 1918, she published her first novel, The Return of the Soldier. Other works included The Judge (1922), Harriet Hume (1929), The Thinking Reed (1936), The Fountain Overflows (1957), and The Birds Fall Down (1966). After visiting Yugoslavia and the Balkans in 1937, she published the two-volume Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942). Her reports on the Nuremberg trials following World War II were collected in A Train of Powder (1955). West was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1959. She had a 10-year liaison with H.G. Wells that began in 1913 and produced a son, Anthony West. At age 37, in 1930, she married Henry Maxwell Andrews, a banker.

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