Cicely Isabel Fairfield

[Rebecca West] (1892-1983)

Cicely Isabel Fairfield
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Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), better known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic, and she was a correspondent for The Bookman. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder (1955), her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published ... more »

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  • ''The principle of avoiding the unnecessary expenditure of energy has enabled the species to survive in a world full of stimuli; but it prevents the survival of the aristocracy.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
  • ''There is in every one of us an unending see-saw between the will to live and the will to die.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
  • ... in the happy laughter of a theatre audience one can get the most immediate and numerically impressive guarantee that there is nothing in one's mind which is not familiar to the mass of persons liv...
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 12 (1928).
  • ''Mr. James Joyce is a great man who is entirely without taste.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 1 (1928). Of the great and controversial Irish novelist (1882-1941). His nove...
  • ''To believe her limited in range because she was harmonious in method is as sensible as to imagine that when the Atlantic Ocean is as smooth as a mill-pond it shrinks to the size of a mill-pond.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 6 (1928). Of Jane Austen (1775-1817), a great British novelist whose work has...
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