- By Carl Rollyson

Rebecca West: A Life

  • Title: Rebecca West: A Life
  • Author: Carl Rollyson
  • ISBN: 9780684194301
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rebecca West A Life H G Wells Lord Beaverbrook and Charlie Chaplin were among the notable lovers attracted by Rebecca West s fame beauty and wit This authorized biography explores the life of the novelist critic biog

    H.G Wells, Lord Beaverbrook and Charlie Chaplin were among the notable lovers attracted by Rebecca West s fame, beauty and wit This authorized biography explores the life of the novelist, critic, biographer, and travel writer whose writing left an indelible mark on 20th century British letters, and whose razor wit and notorious love affairs have made her life almost as lH.G Wells, Lord Beaverbrook and Charlie Chaplin were among the notable lovers attracted by Rebecca West s fame, beauty and wit This authorized biography explores the life of the novelist, critic, biographer, and travel writer whose writing left an indelible mark on 20th century British letters, and whose razor wit and notorious love affairs have made her life almost as legendary as her work of photos.

    1 thought on “Rebecca West: A Life

    1. “Rebecca West: A Modern Sibyl” (2017 edition) is a brilliantly crafted biographical masterpiece by Carl Rollyson. A gifted prolific award winning author of over 40 books featuring essay, literary criticism, and the lives of notable people including Marilyn Monroe, Susan Sontag, Martha Gellhorn, Sylvia Plath, Norman Mailer, William Faulkner—and so many others. Rollyson earned his PhD at the University of Toronto.Born Cicely Isabel Fairfield aka Dame Rebecca West- “RW”-(1892-1983), RW wa [...]

    2. Rebecca West published her first article in 1911, when she was 18, and her last in 1982, when she was nearly 90. In between, she wrote numerous stories, novels and non-fiction books, and hundreds of essays and reviews.In the final paragraph of this book’s introduction Carl Rollyson sums up Rebecca West’s lively personalityHG Wells said there would never be another person like her. He was speaking of the person. Frank Swinnerton said there would be another like her. He was speaking of the cri [...]

    3. I can't believe how long it took me to finish this book. It was very good, but extremely detailed. Everything she ever wrote was discussed. Seemingly every detail of her horrible relationship with her son was analyzed. I started out thinking Rebecca was a fascinating character and one who I would have liked to have known. As she grew older however, she seemed to become odder and more paranoid, and I realized that while I enjoy her writing, I wouldn't want to know her. As a person, she was truly [...]

    4. Initial thoughts:Rebecca West was a perceptive, incisive and feared literary critic from her late teens until her old age. She deserves similar insightful literary criticism of her own work, not a few one-line quotes like those found on back covers. If Carl Rollyson does not feel competent to do it himself, then he should quote the reviews of the time at greater length.Why does he keep calling her a suffragette, when she disagreed with their exclusivity and thought they had high-jacked an essent [...]

    5. Rebecca West was the pen name of British author Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield. She has one child, Anthony West, with fellow writer H.G. Wells. This well written chronological biography described her life as a mother, author, literary critic, and book reviewer. Although there are very few footnotes, additional sources are provided in the epilogue, acknowledgment, and extensive bibliography.I was randomly chosen through a Shelf Awareness Giveaway to receive this book free from the publisher. Althou [...]

    6. Great BookIf you enjoy learning about writers you will enjoy this book on Rebecca West. She is a fascinating woman who has written many amazing books.

    7. As one of the originators of the nonfiction novel, Rebecca West deserved a biography that was more novelesque, or, if not that, one that was interpretive enough to make sense of her life or exhaustive enough to allow readers to draw their own conclusions. As it is, this bio offers a good basic chronology, but it makes West herself come across as a vicious, thin-skinned, judgmental, vituperative harpy. The only interpersonal relationship that Rollyson analyzes in depth is West's with her son Anth [...]

    8. An interesting biography, Rollyson does an excellent job describing West’s work and its importance to literature, journalism, and politics. He also does a thorough job analyzing West’s relationships with her son Anthony, and her lover H.G. Wells. He does a less thorough job, however, when it comes to her extended family; providing only an outline of West’s mother and two sisters. At times the author is simply name dropping; he mentions West’s dislike of T.S. Eliot (going so far as to cal [...]

    9. This was one of the best biographies I have read so far this year . Carl Rollyson did a tremendously wonderful piece of writing and research in the study of our fabulous Rebecca West . I knew nothing of her until I began to tread of her and then I found she touched lives all over the world . She was a completely mystifying woman . I found the charisma of Rebecca taking over me as I kept reading about her amazing boldness and acceptability with people. She was tolerated because she shocked so man [...]

    10. Book received from NetGalley.This is another reprint for Endeavour Press. I enjoyed reading about this writer but I didn't get a lot out of the book. While I have heard of Rebecca West I have never read anything of hers or was super interested in her before. I think once I read one of her books I will enjoy the biography more.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *