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rebecca west



a little excerpt from the 
_oxford companion to english literature_...

	WEST, DAME REBECCA, the adopted name of 
	Cecily Isabel Fairfield (1892-1983)...

	Rebecca (who adopted this name, after Ibsen's
	heroine in _Rosmersholm_, at 19) was educated
	in Edinburgh, trained briefly for the stage in
	London, then became a feminist and journalist...

	[She wrote seven novels but] the reputation of
	her novels tends to have been eclipsed somewhat
	by the aggressive panache of her reportage and
	journalism, and they have frequently been 
	described as 'too intellectual', but feminist
	re-assessments in the 1980s have admired her
	strong and unconventional heroines, and her
	fine craftsmanship.

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