The Young Rebecca

The Young Rebecca

The Writings of Rebecca West 1911–1917
Jane Connor Marcus
Distribution: Philippines, Puerto Rico and United States of America
Publication date: 11/22/1989
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-23101-7
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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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““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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Table of Contents

Preface
I The Lamp of Hatred
Selected Articles from The Freewoman and The New Freewoman,
November 1911- October 1913
II Battle-Axe and Scalping Knife
Essays (complete) from the Clarion
September 1912 - December 1913
III A Reed of Steel
Essay on Mrs. Pankhurst from The Post-Victorians, 1933
IV A Blast from the Female Vortex
‘Indissoluble Matrimony’, a short story from Blast 1, 20 June 1914
V. Fleet Street Feminist
Selected Articles from the Daily News, March 1915 - August 1917
VI. Miscellaneous Slings and Arrows
Articles from the Daily Herald, Everyman, Manchester Daily Dispatch, Daily Chronicale, June 1912 - November 1916
Index