Rebecca West

"What’s good on this earth does not happen as a matter of course. It has to be created and maintained by the effort of love and by submission to the rule of law."

Rebecca West 1892-1983

Rebecca West was an amazing writer and social commentator. Her experiences through both world wars gave colorful life to the ink which she left on paper. She was a popular essayist to many news magazines in her lifetime.

The above quote came from an essay which she actually recorded in her own voice, entitled Goodness Doesn't Just Happen.

An avowed feminist, she is best remembered for her reflections on the Nazi war crimes trials at Nuremberg for which the President of the United States (Harry Truman) called her "the world’s best reporter." Born Cecily Isabel Fairfield, she used the pen name Rebecca West.

She dated the famous novelist H. G. Wells from whom she had her only son. She also dated Charlie Chaplin but married Henry Andrews in 1930. Ms West played herself in the 1981 film Reds.

In 1947, she was featured on the cover of Time Magazine with the caption "In the 20th century, treason is a vocation", a reference to her 1949 bestseller The Meaning of Treason.

In 1959, the British government appointed her a Dame Commander of the British Empire.