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West's gripping psychological mystery--now available as an ebookPart thriller, part historical novel, The Birds Fall Down takes readers inside the intrigue of revolutionaries preparing to overthrow an empireDuring early revolutionary stirrings in Russia, after an unexpected turn of events, Laura Rowan, the coddled granddaughter of an exiled British nobleman, becomes her grandfather's sole companion on a fateful train ride. In France, a young revolutionary approaches Laura and her grandfather with information that will turn her world upside down, and their travels become a thrilling journey into the heart of the struggle against Tsarist Russia. In this suspenseful novel, West brings to life a battle between entitled imperials and the passionate, savvy communist revolutionaries who dare to face them.
West's epic investigation into the causes of war--now available as an ebookHailed as among the most important books of the twentieth century, Rebecca West's magnum opus is a history, a travelogue, and a sociological study of Yugoslavia that examines how the past shapes the presentIn a breathtakingly wide-ranging journalistic work, West richly chronicles her travels throughout Yugoslavia in the 1930s, introducing vivid characters and illuminating details. More than a travelogue, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon connects the people and places West encounters to the long history of conflict that has formed national identities in the Balkans across a millennium of shifting alliances. West writes, "I had come to Yugoslavia because I knew that the past has made the present, and I wanted to see how the process works." As profound, sad, and funny as when it was first published in 1941, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon interrogates the forces that continue to shape our modern world.
Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country's history as well as its daily life.
The third installment of West's Saga of the Century trilogy--now available as an ebookIn the final novel following the Aubrey family, marriage and love alter the sisterly bonds that have seen them through poverty, war, and scandalIn the years after the war, Mary and Rose Aubrey have found success as accomplished pianists. In spite of their travels and material rewards, they remain apart from society. When their cherished cousin Rosamund surprises them by marrying a man they feel is beneath her, the sisters must reconsider what love means to them and how they can find a sense of spiritual wellbeing on their own, without the guidance of their family. Filled with thoughtful observations on romantic and filial love, West's final chronicle of the Aubreys deftly draws readers into her endearing characters' most intimate story yet.
West's critical thought and essays--now available as an ebookA collection of the author's essays and reviews that sparkles with her wit and intelligenceThroughout her life, West worked as a journalist and critic, and in this collection readers will discover her vibrant voice, which is at times frank and frequently humorous. Whether considering her escapades in Prohibition-era New York or her own path to writing fiction, West's essays offer captivating stories and apt reflections on human foibles--as well as her own personality. That same honesty is evident in her reviews, in which West tackles subjects such as Winston Churchill's memoir and Brave New World, but never shies away from either a critical or playful tone. A wonderful introduction to the author's nonfiction writing, and a veritable goldmine for fans, The Essential Rebecca West brings the writer, her voice, and her times to life.
West's wise and entertaining memoir--now available as an ebookPublished posthumously, this family history and memoir offers keen insight into the origins of Rebecca West and her workWorking on Family Memories for over twenty years, West set out to narrate the story of her mother's, father's and husband's unique and talented families. As in her novels, the richly drawn characters of her heritage and childhood traverse a diverse landscape, from Scotland to Australia to Africa, encountering love, loss, and a panoply of challenges. Although fans will recognize many settings, characters, and themes from her novels, West's exploration of her family stands on its own as an engaging narrative. Told with her compelling voice, West's chronicles reflect not only the importance of family to identity, but to the way one relates to the larger world.
The first installment of West's Saga of the Century trilogy--now available as an ebookWest's semi-autobiographical novel introduces the multi-talented Aubrey family as they strive to find their place in the worldPapa Aubrey's wife and twin daughters, Mary and Rose, are piano prodigies, his young son Richard Quin is a lively boy, and his eldest daughter Cordelia is a beautiful and driven young woman with musical aspirations. But the talented and eccentric Aubrey family rarely enjoys a moment of harmony, as its members struggle to overcome the effects of their patriarch's spendthrift ways. Now they must move so that their father, a noted journalist, can find stable employment. Throughout, it is the Aubreys' hope that art will save them from the cacophony of a life sliding toward poverty. In this eloquent and winning portrait, West's compelling characters must uncover their true talent for kindness in order to thrive in the world that exists outside of their life as a family.
West's modern fairy tale--now available as an ebookIn this London fantasy, West transports her reader with a tale of the troubling polarities of mind and spirit, male and femaleHarriet Hume's unchanging beauty and commitment to her art stand in stark contrast to Arnold Condorex's more worldly goals. After a romantic tryst, she discovers that she can read his mind, but Arnold, with his sights set on moving up in the world, quickly parts from the mysterious lady. As they encounter each other over the years, Harriet's intuitive powers continue to unsettle Arnold, opening his eyes to the darker elements of his political and financial aspirations, even as he remains drawn to her. Beautifully drawn and filled with magical touches, West's fantasy explores innate and learned gender roles, as her characters uncover the mystery surrounding their otherworldly connection.
The first book by distinguished novelist, journalist, and literary critic Rebecca West: a biography of Henry JamesSetting the standard for a century's worth of criticism, Rebecca West diagnosed Henry James as an American who "could never feel at home until he was in exile" in this slim, readable biography, published just a few months after his death in 1916.West boldly assesses Roderick Hudson as "not a good book," and displays remarkable foresight in describing Daisy Miller as a "sad and lovely" book that "will strike each new generation afresh." An early advocate of feminist principles, she has fascinating things to say about James's heroines, and her division of his work into early and late periods continues to be a basic principle of Jamesian scholarship.One of the twentieth century's brightest minds, Rebecca West began her career as a public intellectual with this thoughtful and compelling study of a literary giant. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
West's brilliant novel--now available as an ebook A romantic tale that traces the generational pulls of love and fidelity At seventeen, Ellen Melville's life is filled with passion for the suffrage movement, her mother, and Edinburgh, if not romance. Then Richard Yaverland, a successful older man, enters her life. Haunted by his own illegitimacy, Richard wants to avert the pain that left his mother a bitter woman even as he kindles a passionate romance. As Ellen and Richard tentatively try on the roles of lovers, the spark of a new relationship will inspire the people around them to consider their own connections. As West's clever and enchanting heroine falls in love, she inspires the reader to reflect on the different ways that love can change the course of our lives, for better or worse.
West's acclaimed examination of traitors--now available as an ebookA gripping profile that takes readers inside World War II spy rings and gets to the heart of what it means to betray one's countryThroughout her career, Rebecca West dug into psyches, real and fictional, to try to understand the meaning of betrayal. In the aftermath of World War II, West was incensed when several wartime turncoats were tried with seeming indifference--and worse, sympathy--from the British public. In exploring these traitors' origins, crimes, and motivations, West exposes how class division, greed, and discrimination can taint loyalties and redraw the relationships between individuals and their fatherland. A fascinating book, The Meaning of Treason combines the intrigue of a spy novel with West's classic, careful dissection of man's moral struggles.
West's gripping work of journalism--now available as an ebookThe bestselling chronicle of England's World War II traitors, expanded and updated for the Cold War eraIn The Meaning of Treason, Rebecca West tackled not only the history and facts behind the spate of World War II traitors, but the overriding social forces at work to challenge man's connection to his fatherland. As West reveals in this expanded edition, the ideologically driven amateurs of World War II were followed by the much more sinister professional spies for whom the Cold War era proved a lucrative playground and put Western safety at risk. Filled with real-world intrigue and fascinating character studies, West's gripping narrative connects the war's treasonous acts with the rise of Communist spy rings in England and tackles the ongoing issue of identity in a complex world.
West's enlightening collection--now available as an ebookA collection of short stories and other unpublished works that highlight West's deft hand at fictionPublished posthumously, these short stories and excerpts from unfinished works highlight what made West a highly regarded novelist: sensuous descriptions, self-sufficient yet vulnerable heroines wrestling with the meanings of identity and love, and even brushes with magic and mysticism. West's powerful narrative style draws readers into her worlds, whether via a comic sketch, a romance, or a thriller. Many of these characters will remind West's fans of their later published incarnations. Sure to be a pleasure for new readers and seasoned fans alike, this insightful collection informs as much as it entertains.
Writing her first novel during World War I, West examines the relationship between three women and a soldier suffering from shell-shock. This novel of an enclosed world invaded by public events also embodies in its characters the shifts in England's class structures at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Reprint of West's 1918 short novel of war, amnesia, manners. Cited in Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
West's superb novel--now available as an ebookRebecca West's stunning debut novel: The classic story of a soldier's amnesia and its effect on the women in his lifeA strange woman arrives at the door with unsettling news for Jenny and her sister-in-law Kitty: Jenny's husband has lost his memory while fighting in the war. As their solider returns home, the women discover that his mind is stuck on the woman he loved fifteen years before--the same woman who first delivered the news of his memory loss and whom Jenny and Kitty regard as socially beneath them. As they care for him and react to this news, they come to understand the power of love--past, present, unrequited, and unconditional. Psychologically astute, West's unforgettable first work of fiction reveals her innate skill at understanding the constructs of class that hamper people's attempts to connect with one another.
Three eloquent and powerful semi-autobiographical novels about the multi-talented Aubrey family striving to find their place in the worldIn The Fountain Overflows,Papa Aubrey's wife and twin daughters, Mary and Rose, are piano prodigies, his young son, Richard Quin, is a lively boy, and his eldest daughter, Cordelia, is a beautiful and driven young woman with musical aspirations. But the talented and eccentric Aubrey family rarely enjoys a moment of harmony, as its members struggle to overcome the effects of their patriarch's spendthrift ways. Now they must move so that their father can find stable employment. Despite the daunting odds, the Aubreys hope that art will save them from the cacophony of a life sliding toward poverty. In The Real Night, a talented musician and her kin ponder what being young women on their own will entail. Abandoned by their feckless father, Rose and her family must move beyond their comfortable drawing room to discover a world of kind patrons, music teachers, and concert hall acclaim, but also domestic strife, anti-Semitism, and social pressure to marry. Set before World War I, Rebecca West's intimate, eloquent family portrait brings to life a time when women recognized their own voices and the joys of living off one's own talents. In Cousin Rosamund, Mary and Rose Aubrey have found success as accomplished pianists in the years after the war. But despite their travels and material rewards, they remain apart from society. When their cherished cousin Rosamund surprises them by marrying a man they feel is beneath her, the sisters must reconsider what love means to them and how they can find a sense of spiritual wellbeing on their own, without the guidance of their family.
West's intellectually challenging collection of essays--now available as an ebookIn this collection of literary criticism, West undertakes the question of art's value, examining the works of her contemporaries and their places in history"The Strange Necessity," one of the twelve essays collected here and first published in 1928, anchors West's quest to understand why art matters and how aesthetics of every caliber can not only inspire but reveal the author's inner world. Whether juxtaposing Ulysses's prose with Pavlov's research, or comparing Sinclair Lewis with actress and pianist Yvonne Printemps, West finds that a satisfying emotion overrides an artistic work's form. Her intricately crafted essays reveal her experience in the literary circles of the twenties and thirties and the important role this question played in her own writing. West's keenly observed criticism offers invaluable insight not only into her work but into her impressions of early twentieth century literature.
West's posthumously published semi-autobiographical novel--now available as an ebookA beautiful actress of the 1920s faces painful decisions about her lovers and her futureStar of the stage, Sunflower has everything but the attention she craves from her long-time--and married--lover, Lord Essington, a brilliant and intense man occupied with more intellectual thoughts. Eager for a more rewarding experience, Sunflower must decide whether another "great man," the Australian Francis Pitt, will offer a more traditional relationship and happiness. Written during West's own psychoanalysis and never finished, Sunflower ponders topics of the power struggle between the sexes, and a woman's freedom to determine her romantic destiny. Drawn heavily from West's own relationships with H.G. Wells and Lord Beaverbrook, this roman à clef gives a glimpse of the author's own struggle to find a satisfying relationship.
A travelogue and historical exploration of Mexico from one of the twentieth century's greatest travel writers Dame Rebecca West travels through Mexico and explores its people, history, religion, and culture in her unfinished work Survivors in Mexico, carefully stitched together by Bernard Schweizer in this posthumously published edition. West tackles the country's broad historical legacy--the Spanish conquest and Mexican revolution, the muralist movement, race relations, and contemporary life--and delves into the personal, intimate lives of key figures such as Hernán Cortés, Montezuma, Dr. Atl, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky. Conceived as a companion to West's masterful classic Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, this book showcases the complexity of West's character, addresses the paradoxes inherent in her work, and allows for a mature understanding of her ideology. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rebecca West featuring rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, at the University of Tulsa.
West's thoughtful romantic novel--now available as an ebookA tale of love found, lost, rekindled, and redefinedIsabelle, a wealthy American widow, arrives in France to restart her life and discovers she has her choice of eligible suitors. Torn between a placid liaison with a southerner and a tortuous affair with a Frenchman, Isabelle's plans suddenly take an unexpected turn that will ultimately lead her to a love that will force her to reconsider the implications of her affluent existence. With her signature wit and wisdom, West presents a captivating ode to marriage's depth and the romance of the bond between husband and wife.
The second installment of West's Saga of the Century trilogy--now available as an ebookIn the sequel to The Fountain Overflows, Rose Aubrey, her sisters, and her cousin stand on the brink of adulthood and a new era for womenThey have put down their schoolbooks and put up their hair, but a talented musician and her kin ponder what being a young woman on one's own will entail. Abandoned by their feckless father, Rose and her family must move beyond their comfortable drawing room to discover a world of kind patrons, music teachers, and concert hall acclaim, but also domestic strife, anti-Semitism, and social pressure to marry. Set before World War I, Rebecca West's intimate, eloquent family portrait brings to life a time when women recognized their own voices and the joys of living off one's own talents.
West's acclaimed account of a pivotal moment in twentieth century history--now available as an ebookWest's exceptional observational skills shine in her coverage of the Nuremburg trialsSent to cover the war crimes trials at Nuremberg for the New Yorker, Rebecca West brought along her inimitable skills for understanding a place and its people. In these accomplished articles, West captures the world that sprung up to process the Nazi leaders; from the city's war-torn structures to the courtroom security measures, no detail is left out. West's unparalleled grasp on human motivations and character offers particular insight into the judges, prosecutors, and of course the defendants themselves. This remarkable narrative captures the social and political ramifications of a world recovering from the divisions of war. As engaging as it is informative, this collection represents West's finest hour as a reporter.
A collection of Rebecca West's early journalistic writings reveals her clarity of mind, severity of wit, and relevancy in today's modern world In this collection of early writings, beginning when Rebecca West was just eighteen years old, Jane Marcus sheds light on one of the foremost feminist and political thinkers of our time. West's essays, reviews, and public correspondence tackle many subjects, including politics, suffrage, education, morality and ethics, the arts, and social figures of the day. Her writings offer a glimpse of the real Rebecca--not some stuffy suffragette, but a vibrant, funny, provocative, and brilliant woman whose determined pen strokes outwit her contemporaries and remain inspiring today. A feminist to the core, West parried with her readers, other writers, and a culture slow to accept change. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rebecca West featuring rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, at the University of Tulsa.