Rebecca West: A Modern Sibyl (Paperback)
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What is new in this second edition of Carl Rollyson's standard biography? It begins with a portrait that attempts to evoke the living person in all her dimensions. It concludes with an interview with one of her favorite secretaries, Elizabeth Leyshon, who eluded him in the 1990s but provided new insights into her employer's character for this book. The biography's new title emphasizes that Rebecca West was a prophet-one not always appreciated in her own day. As early as 1917, she understood where the world was headed and realized that the revolution in Russia held out false hope. Because she took this view as a socialist, those on the left scorned her as an apostate, whereas she understood that Communism would result in a disaster for the British left. Readers wishing to gauge the range of West's fiction and nonfiction should read Woman as Artist and Thinker, published by iUniverse. Rollyson has read his words anew, sharpening sentences, omitting words and paragraphs-sometimes entire sections-in order to provide a refreshing, more engaging, and spirited account of one of the world's major writers.
About the Author
Carl Rollyson, Cape May County, New Jersey, is the advisory editor of the Hollywood Legends Series from University Press of Mississippi and the author of several biographies, including "Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress" and "Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews" (both published by University Press of Mississippi); "American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath"; and "Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography". He is also a professor of journalism at Baruch College, the City University of New York.