Cicely Isabel Fairfield was born in December 1892. Known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West DBE, she was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer.
A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the 20th century. She reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic.
Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), on the history and culture ofYugoslavia; A Train of Powder (1955), her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of World War II and Communist traitors; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the Aubrey trilogy of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund.
Rebecca West died in March 1983.