The Unsafe Feminist: Rebecca West and the ‘Bitter Rapture’ of Truth


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In an era when indulgent university administrators and professors treat students like spoiled children, one longs for intellectuals who address their audience as adults. The British novelist, biographer, literary critic, travel writer and political commentator Rebecca West (1892-1983) is the tonic we need. Like other great authors of the 20th century—including George Orwell and Doris Lessing—West never received a university education. That may help explain her intellectual non-conformism and free-wheeling spirit.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationQuillette
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2018

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This article draws on research supported by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council.


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