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Definitely NOT the Essential Rebecca West
on June 28, 2014
I rate this three stars not as an opinion on Rebecca West’s writings here but more my low opinion of myself in buying it. With weakened eyesight and carelessness I only saw “Essential Rebecca West” and immediately bought the book. I should have moved my eyes further to the right noticing “Uncollected Prose” ou will notice that the publisher put the misleading title in huge font on the cover and in tiny little print on the bottom " Uncollected Prose" I bet he hooked a few people like me in the book stores. For these are just leavings swept up after all the good stuff has been consumed. I have read only a few of the essays and reviews so far but they certainly gave me no idea of what a special writer West was. This was mostly stuff she wrote, I would guess, to pay the bills. You can see what a striking difference there is in the quality of her writing by reading the selection available on Amazon of her study of Henry James. That is great writing.
So of course, if you are a fan, and can’t get enough of West, you’ll be glad to have this book.. This was one shrewd, insightful great writer. Compared to her the intellectuals of her time were deaf, dumb and blind. Excuse me now, while I go buy Henry James, and maybe "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon."