Rebecca West

Writer

Born: 21 December 1892
Died: 15 March 1983
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: Critic, journalist, novelist and literary celebrity
<p>Name at birth: Cicily Isabel Fairfield</p>

Rebecca West published her first novel in 1918, The Return of the Soldier. She is perhaps best known for her journalistic studies of the Nazi war crimes trials in Nuremberg: The Meaning of Treason (1947) and A Train of Powder (1955). In 1959 West was made a Dame of the British Empire, and in the late 1970s she gained new popularity, thanks largely to the feminist movement.

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West famously had love affairs with movie star Charlie Chaplin, author H.G. Wells and businessman and politician Lord Beaverbrook (William Aitken).

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