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Author Gibb, Lorna.

Title The extraordinary life of Rebecca West / Lorna Gibb.

Publication Info. Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014].


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 WEST    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Manross Branch - Non Fiction  B WEST    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Biography  B WEST    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Biographies  BIOG WEST, REBECCA    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  828 W519XGI    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B WEST REBECCA G    Check Shelf
Description 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents Prologue -- Schumann and the shabby Prospero -- Disturbing spirits -- An impossible name -- You also write -- Harry Lauder and Wagner -- Different kinds of depression -- Anthony's awakening -- Hark the herald angels sing, Mrs. Simpson's stole our king -- West's wars -- Treason and treachery -- Communism and kindness -- Leave-taking and regrets -- Last journeys -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Endnotes -- Select bibliography -- Index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Numerous biographies have been published about the England-born author, journalist, and critic Cicely Isabel Fairfield (1892-1983), otherwise known as Rebecca West. But Gibb offers a fresh look at a writer who was ahead of her time in the early 20th century. West ("The Return of the Soldier") had many successes but also experienced heartache and struggle. While she lived an accomplished career, had many love affairs, including one with H.G. Wells that produced an illegitimate son, and was wed for over three decades to banker Henry Maxwell Andrews, she also encountered a challenging childhood, a strained relationship with her son, and issues in her marriage. Gibb's passion for her subject is illustrated in the writing's rich detail; readers feel like they're witnessing the described accounts firsthand. Using West's correspondences and personal papers, media interviews, and conversations with the writer's friends and employees, the author captures West's point of view and describes how this complicated individual interpreted her relationships and experiences.
Subject West, Rebecca, 1892-1983.
Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Journalists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
ISBN 9781619023062
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