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Strange Necessity Essays and Reviews

by Rebecca West

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From the back cover: "This distinguished collection of essays, first published in 1928, constitutes a summary of Rebecca West's thinking about literature. In the later essays, many of which were culled from the series she wrote for the New York Herald Tribune between 1926 and 1932, she takes on Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis and Sherwood Anderson and, in her famous 'jolly Uncles' piece, responds hilariously to Virginia Woolf's criticisms of Wells, Galsworthy, Shaw and Bennett. Challenging, original and written with the conviction that 'this strange necessity, art, is as essential as life', this fine volume illuminates the many moods of a highly gifted and complex woman, one of the most formidable observers--and debunkers--of our time. The Strange Necessity and Virginia Woolf's The Common Reader were heralded by Hugh Walpole as 'the two finest volumes of literary criticism by women in the English language'. "
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