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Cicely Isabel Fairfield

Also Known As: "Dame Rebecca West"
Birthplace: Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland
Death: March 15, 1983 (90)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Fairfield and Isabella Fairfield
Wife of Private
Ex-partner of Herbert George "H.G." Wells
Mother of Anthony West
Sister of Letitia Fairfield and Winifred Fairfield

Occupation: English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer
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About Rebecca West


Cicely Isabel Fairfield (21 December 1892–15 March 1983), known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE 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[disambiguation needed ]. 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 originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of World War II and Communist traitors; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the "Aubrey trilogy" of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her "indisputably the world's number one woman writer" in 1947. She was made CBE in 1949, and DBE in 1959, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to British letters.


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Rebecca West's Timeline

December 21, 1892
Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland
August 5, 1914
Hunstanton, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
March 15, 1983
Age 90
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom