The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West: A Biography


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.7 X 8.7 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Lorna Gibb holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Visiting Research Fellow in History at Essex University. She lives in London. Her biography of Lady Hester Stanhope, Lady Hester, was published to great acclaim in 2005.


It's especially impressive that Gibb manages to chronicle West's often complicated life in an even-handed, coherent way. Fast-paced and well-researched, The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West is a fine biography of a writer whose life and career was full of fascinating contradictions and intersections. --NPR Books

West was a woman of 'surprising contradictions, ' and this biography captures them all without losing sight of the very real person in whom they resided. --Washington Post

Gibb's meticulous biography, [...] concentrates [...] on her magnetic subject's complex personality and all the drama and controversy that make West's life truly extraordinary.--Booklist

Praise for the UK Edition of West's World presents with discerning succinctness, a sharply etched portrait of a true original...Cissie Fairfield remained alive and well inside her alter ego, to judge from Lorna Gibb's brisk and affectionate biography.--The Sunday Times

This riveting book is not a typical literary biography...Lorna Gibb may have read all of Rebecca West's vast output, but she does not flaunt it...Miss Gibb wisely leaves it to others to appraise her subject as a writer. What she does is to tell a gripping story of a woman's life...--Country Life this calm, well researched biography she does an excellent job of reminding us why West was so ahead of her time.--The Mail

...Lorna Gibb makes the most of the reams of papers that West and her many friends and acquaintances produced.--Literary Review