The young Rebecca: writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17

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Indiana University Press, 1982 - Literary Criticism - 402 pages
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"Some of West's earliest writings -- devastatingly funny, fiercely feminist and socialist -- now have been rescued from obscurity and published with Jane Marcus's excellent commentary in The Young Rebecca." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Thanks to Marcus's arduous labor of selection, we have here a living, breathing evocation of the early feminist and socialist movements in England as recorded by a highly opinionated participant." -- Jessica Mitford

"The Young Rebecca reflects [West's] consuming interest in feminist and socialist issues. Quite apart from their technical excellence, these articles are remarkable because they were produced by a girl barely out of her teens, and because many of them read as if they were written last Tuesday." -- The Atlanta Journal

"... a fierce and funny scourge of establishment figures... her prose sparkles... " -- Book World, The Washington Post

Jane Marcus brings together some of Rebecca West's early journalistic writings, collected here for the first time, which reveal West's passionate responses to political and literary events as well as her experience in the suffrage campaign. Included are articles from The Freewoman, The Clarion, and the Daily News, among others.

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This young socialist has a few good observations in here about human beings, but I give her poor Marx on everything else. Read full review


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About the author (1982)

Rebecca West (1892-1983) wrote prolifically through most of the twentieth century. She is best known for her travel memoir/historical meditation on Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.

Jane Marcus was educated at Radcliffe College, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University. She has been a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and a research fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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