Standard Name: West, Rebecca
Birth Name: Cicily Isabel Fairfield
Pseudonym: Rebecca West
Married Name: Cicily Isabel Andrews
Used Form: R*b*cc* W*st
Rebecca West rose to fame early (before the First World War) through her witty, acerbic journalism. In addition to numerous essays and reviews, she wrote about a dozen novels, short stories, political analyses, a classic travel book, and works of literary criticism. Her journalism remains an important commentary on the contemporary women's movement, offering both strong intellectual support and trenchant satire. She is known for her pungency of phrase; on occasion she was more eager for a phrase to strike shockingly home than for it to withstand criticism.
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|Cultural formation||Dora Marsden|
|death||Catharine Amy Dawson Scott|
While in EdinburghKC attended George Watson's College , where she was acutely conscious of feeling like an outsider owing to her lack of interest in sports and her bookishness and posh accent.
Jinks, Peter. “Muse turns tables”. Scotland on Sunday.
Scott, Jane. “By Virtue Of An Explosive Arts Debut”. The Herald.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Dora Marsden|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Violet Hunt|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Fay Weldon|
|Family and Intimate relationships||H. G. Wells||
Wells wrote about characters who defied conventional morality. In his own life, he married twice, and had a busy extramarital sexual career. He writes about this himself in the second volume of his autobiography (published...
|Family and Intimate relationships||Elizabeth von Arnim|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Cecily Mackworth|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Charlotte Mew||
There has been much speculation, both at the time and more recently, about the nature of the relationship between the two writers. CM seems to have fallen in love, but Sinclair was not receptive, not...
|Friends, Associates||Dora Marsden||
Introduced to each other by Mary Gawthorpe , DM and Rebecca West began a friendship based on their shared interest in feminist issues.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
Rollyson, Carl. Rebecca West: A Saga of the Century. Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.
|Friends, Associates||Catharine Amy Dawson Scott|
|Friends, Associates||Stella Benson|
|Friends, Associates||Rosita Forbes|
|Friends, Associates||Violet Hunt||
VH met and was fascinated by Rebecca West , who had recently written a review Hunt called a column of wit and innuendo—as destructive as a prairie fire.
Belford, Barbara. Violet. Simon and Schuster, 1990.
14 May 1920
Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz, 1979.
21 February 1924
The first issue appeared of the New Yorkermagazine (still going strong in the twenty-first century).
Borne Back Daily.
21 February 2011
21-25 June 1935
The First International Congress of Writers for the Defence of Culture (an anti-fascist event urging the responsibility of writers to their society) was held in Paris.
17 September 1945
The trial began at the Old Bailey in London of Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce), famous as a wartime anti-British, pro-Hitler broadcaster, who before the war had regularly posed as of British nationality.