The International Rebecca West Society

Images of Rebecca West through out her life.
The International Rebecca West Society

Secondary Works: Reviews of West's works


A Train of Powder
Birds Fall down
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

The Court and the Castle
Cousin Rosamund
Family Memories
The Fountain Overflows
The New Meaning of Treason
Rebecca West: A Celebration
Strange Necessity

Sunflower
This Real Night
The Young Rebecca: 1911-1917
Survivors in Mexico
The Sentinel
A Train of Powder

"1900." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. Atlantic 249 (May 1982) 106.

Craig, Patricia. "A Special Year." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. New Statesman 103 (March 12, 1982): 21-22.

Glendinning, Victoria. "People Don't Change." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. Listener 107 (Feb. 25, 1982): 23.

Greer, Herb. "The Young Rebecca and 1900." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. American Spectator 16 (April 1983): 36-8.

Keating, Peter. "Human Blossomings." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (March 5, 1982): 247.

Leonard, John. "Books of the Times." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. New York Times (May 28, 1982): C25.

Marshall, Arthur. "The End of an Era." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. Spectator 248 (March 20, 1982) 18-19.

Tyler, Anne. "The Wit and Wisdom of Rebecca West." Rev. of 1900 by Rebecca West. Saturday Review 9 (April 1982): 55-56.


"Justice and the Governess." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Time 65 (April 4, 1955): 100, 102, 104.

"Nuremberg and After." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Newsweek 108 (March 21, 1955): 108.

"Search for Significance." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (June 24, 1950): 350.

Pfaff, William. "Lawlessness." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Commonweal 62 (April 22, 1955): 87.

Richardson, Maurice. "Reporter-at-Large." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. New Statesman 49 (June 4, 1955): 791.

Shirer, William. "Rebecca West, Great Reporter, fashions Life into Literature." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. New York Herald Tribune Book Review (March 20, 1955): 1, 12.

Taylor, Telford. "Six Pictures of This Era." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Saturday Evening Review 38 (march 19, 1955): 12-14.

Trilling, Diana. "A symbol of Reason." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (March 20, 1955): 3.

Wilson, Angus. "Clarity of Vision." Rev. of A Train of Powder by Rebecca West. Spectator (June 3, 1955): 711.

Birds Fall down

"East and West." Rev. of Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 10, 1966): 1017.

Davenport, Guy. "History with its Eyes Wide Open." Rev. of Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West. National Reivew 18 (Nov. 29, 1966): 1227.

Donoghue, Denis. "Magic defeated." Rev. of Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West. New York Review of Books 7 (Nov. 17, 1966): 23.

Morton, Frederic. "Pipeline to the Slav Soul." Rev. of Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (Oct. 2, 1966): 4-5, 51.

Pritchett, V.S. "The Climate of Paranoia." Rev. of Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West. New Yorker 42 (Dec. 3, 1966): 225-229.

The Court and the Castle

Avrin, Newton. "Question of Error." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (Nov. 3, 1957): 28.

Bailey, Anthony. "Literature as a Reflection of Man's Place in the Universe." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. Commonweal 67 (Dec. 20, 1957): 315.

Krutch, Joseph. "History of Power." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. Saturday Review 40 (Oct. 28, 1957): 21.

Lowenthal, Marvin. "Rebecca West: Power and Art." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. New York herald Tribune Book Review (Nov. 10, 1957): 1, 13.

Rainer, Dachine. "The Scope of Rebecca West." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. New Republic 137 (Nov. 25, 1957): 18-19.

Raymond, John. "Salute to a Friendless Girl." Rev. of The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West. New Statesman 56 (July 26, 1958): 117-18.

Cousin Rosamund

Craig, Patricia. "Electic Affinities." Rev. of Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (Oct. 18, 1985): 1168.

Douro, Antonia. "A Very Feminine Condition." Rev. of Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West. Spectator 255 (Oct. 26, 1985): 30.

Lee, Hermione. "Going West." Rev. of Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West. Punch 289 (Oct. 16, 1985): 65.

Family Memories

Brookner, Anita. "A Weakness for Rotters." Rev. of Family Memories by Rebecca West. Observer (Nov. 22, 1987): 24.

Carpenter, Humphrey. "Too Big to Join the Picts." Rev. of Family Memories by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (July 31, 1988): 26.

Donaldson, Frances. "The Loom of Youth." Rev. of Family Memories by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 20, 1987): 1277.

Fitzgerald, Penelope. "Dame Cissle." Rev. of Family Memories by Rebecca West. London Review of Books 9 (Nov. 12, 1987): 17-18.

Roberts, Michele. "Three Into One." Rev. of Family Memories by Rebecca West. New statesman 114 (Dec. 11, 1987): 31.

The Fountain Overflows

"Books Long and Short." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.New Yorker 32 (Jan. 5, 1957): 66.

"Concerto." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Time 68 (Dec. 17, 1956): 108-10.

"With Rare Subtlety." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Newsweek 48 (Dec. 10, 1956): 122-23.

Bayley, John. "New Novels." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Spectator 198 (Feb. 1, 1957): 152.

Esty, William. "Sugar and Spice. . . Everything Nice." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. New Republic 135 (Dec. 31, 1956): 18-19.

Gray, James. "The Fountain Overflows." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Saturday Review 39 (Dec. 8, 1956): 14-15.

Janeway, Elizabeth. "It All Happens Within the Family." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (Dec. 9, 1956): 1, 18.

Rolo, Charles J. "Reader's choice." Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Atlantic 199 (Jan. 1957): 85.

Sullivan, john F. "Seeing Beyond the lattice of Flesh."Rev. of The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. Commonweal 65 (Jan. 11, 1957): 387.

The New Meaning of Treason

Busch, Francis. "You, Too, Can Be a Spy." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West. Saturday Review 47 (Dec. 26, 1964): 38-39.

Gross, John. "Un-English Activities." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West.New York Review of Books 4 (May 6, 1965): 13.

Hook, Sidney. "Faces of Betrayers." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (Nov. 29, 1964): 30-61.

Rainer, Dachine. "The New Meaning of Treason." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West. Commonweal 81 (jan. 15, 1965): 525-26.

Spitz, David. "The New Meaning of Treason." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West. American Political Science Review 59 (June 1965): 473.

Willis, Gary. "The Faces of Treason." Rev. of The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West. National Review 17 (Feb. 23, 1965): 156, 158, 160.

Rebecca West: A Celebration

"Great Dames: Agatha Christie and Rebecca West." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. Bookseller (Dec. 17, 1977): 3204-205.

Allen, Trevor. "A Literary landmark." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. Contemporary Review 231 (Dec. 1977): 332-333.

Fremantle, Anne. "Steady Moral Seriousness." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. Nation 225 (Oct. 29, 1977): 442.

Green Martin. "Rebellious Elitist." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. Saturday Review 5 (Oct. 15, 1977): 24-26.

Haley, William. "Nothing Like a Dame." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. American Scholar 47 (Winter 1977/78): 131-34.

King, Nicholas. "A Literary Profile." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. National Review 30 (Jan. 6, 1978): 36-7.

Mitgang, Herbert. "Rebecca West: a Celebration." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. New Republic 176 (June 18, 1977): 29-30.

Panter-Downes, Molly. "A View from the Top." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. New Yorker 53 (Oct. 3, 1977): 152-160.

Pritchett, V.S. "Invader." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. New York Review of Books 15 (Sept. 15, 8-9.

Stewart, J.I.M. "The Strange Necessity of Arts." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 11, 1977): 1315.

Tomalin, Claire. "Red-Blooded." New Statesman 94 (Dec. 2, 1977.): 184-85.

Towers, Robert. "A Generous Sampling." Rev. of Rebecca West: A Celebration Ed. Samuel Hynes. New York Times Book Review (Oct. 21, 1977): 14, 34.

Strange Necessity

Aiken, Conrad. Rev. of The Strange Necessity, by Rebecca West. Bookman 69 (1929): 211-12.

Sunflower

"Brief Reviews." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. Atlantic 259 (March 1987): 94.

Byatt, A.S. "Day-dreaming." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. Books and Bookman (Aug. 1986): 31.

Chamberlain, Lesley. "Reasons to Be Late for Breakfast." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (July 25, 1986): 818.

Clapp, Susannah. "Little Man." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. London Review of Books 8 (Aug. 7, 1986): 23.

Mallon, Thomas. "A Groupie for Greatness." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. New York Times Book Review (Feb. 15, 1987): 26.

Marcus, Jane. "Acting Out." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. Nation 244 (April 4, 1987): 438-40.

Smith, Anne. "A Bit on the Side." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. New Statesman 111 (June 27, 1986): 32.

Wandor, Michelene. "Submissive Women and Ugly Men: Rebecca West's Unfinished Story." Rev. of Sunflower by Rebecca West. Listener 116 (July 10, 1986): 27.

This Real Night

Burgess, Anthony. "A Pre-War idyll." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Atlantic 255 (March 1985): 116-18.

Craig, Patricia. "Flowing On." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 23, 1984): 1330.

Gray, Paul. "Beginning a Posthumous Career." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Time 125 (March 25, 1985): 75.

King, Francis. "The Fountain Flows On." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Spectator 253 (Oct. 27, 1984): 30-1.

Lesser, Wendy. "Bloated and Shrunken Worlds." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Hudson Review 38 (Autumn 1985): 463-65.

Spurling, Hilary. "The Fountain Clogs." Rev. of This Real Night by Rebecca West. Observer (Oct. 21, 1984): 25.

The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917

Craig, Patricia. "Shorter Reviews." Rev. of The Young Rebecca West: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917 Ed. Jane Marcus. New Statesman 104 (Dec. 17, 1982): 40.

Dinnage, Rosemary. "Staying the Course." Rev. of The Young Rebecca West: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917 Ed. Jane Marcus. New York Review of Books 29 (Aug. 12, 1982):12.

Greer, Herb. "The Young Rebecca 1900." Rev. of The Young Rebecca West: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917 Ed. Jane Marcus. American Spectator 16 (April 1983): 36-8.

Tyler, Anne. "The Wit and Wisdom of Rebecca West." Rev. of The Young Rebecca West: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917 Ed. Jane Marcus. Saturday Review 9 (April 1982): 55-6.

White, Terence de Vere. "Rebecca West's Journalism." Rev. of The Young Rebecca West: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-1917 Ed. Jane Marcus. Spectator 248 (May 1, 1982) 21.

Survivors in Mexico

Finkel, Jori. "The Whole Enchilada," Rev. of Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West. The Village Voice Literary Supplement (Spring 2003).

Rosenthal, Tom. "Sting in West's Mexican Tale," Rev. of Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West. The Daily News (August 8, 2003).

Leonard, John. Rev. of Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West. Harper's Magazine (May 2003): 77-78.

Leonard, John. Rev. of Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West. Harper's Magazine (May 2003): 77-78.

The Sentinel

Glendinning , Victoria . Rev. of The Sentinel: An Incomplete Early Novel by Rebecca West, ed. Kathryn Laing. The Guardian Review (20 December 2003): 27.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Fleischer, Georgette. "Her Own Lambs and Falcons." Rev. of The Selected Letters of Rebecca West Ed. Bonnie Kime Scott. The Nation 24 April 2000.