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Rebecca West on “the dead things”

Rebecca West (1892-1983) adopted her pen-name as a teenager when she started writing for the English feminist publication, The Freewoman. It’s clear from this excerpt that, at nineteen, she already had confidence and conviction. Her life was bumpy, not surprisingly. Also prolific, lengthy, and full.

“A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.”

Rebecca West, The Freewoman, Mar. 7, 1912