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Rebecca West


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Rebecca West : Return of the Soldier

'Sunday 25th July. ?Return of the Soldier? - (Rebecca West). A very sad book. The hero is rather imbecile as interpreted by the woman character who tells the story.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Gerald Moore      Print: Book


Rebecca West : The Strange Necessity

'I have been reading a very fine essay by Rebecca West, ?The Strange Necessity?. It is on the nature of Art ? and even Robert Lynd considers it difficult. I?ve just finished my second reading ? and will go through it again to copy out definitions. She has really a first class mind.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Winifred Agnes Moore      Print: Book


Rebecca West : The Judge

Virginia Woolf to Ottoline Morrell, 18 August 1922: 'Poor Rebecca West's novel bursts like an over stuffed sausage. She pours it all in; and one is covered with flying particles; indeed I had hastily to tie the judge tight and send it back to Mudies [Library] half finished. But this irreticence does not make me think any the worse of her human qualities [...] I do admire poor old Henry [James], and actually read through the Wings of a Dove [1902] last summer, and thought it such an amazing acrobatic feat, partly of his, partly of mine, that I now look upon myself and Henry James as partners in merit. I made it all out. But I felt very ill for some time afterwards. I am now reading Joyce, and my impression, after 200 out of 700 pages, is that the poor young man has got the dregs of a mind compared even with George Meredith. I mean if you could weigh the meaning on Joyces [sic] page it would be about 10 times as light as on Henry James'.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Print: Book


Rebecca West : Harriet Hume

Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 17 September 1929: 'I've only read 30 pages of Rebecca [West] [...] I agree that the convention is tight and affected and occasionally foppish beyond endurance, but then it is a convention and she does it deliberately, and it helps her to manufacture some pretty little China ornaments for the mantelpiece. One could read some of it again'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Print: Book


Rebecca West : Harriet Hume

'I say, has Rebecca West's book come your way? It is unreadable. It is a brew of Meredith, 'Orlando' and Amanda Ross.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Vita Sackville-West      Print: Book


Rebecca West : The Judge

'It was at this meeting, where she was one of the speakers, that I first saw Rebecca West, whose novel "The Judge", which had recently been published, I had read with a disturbed and passionate interest.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Vera Brittain      Print: Book


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