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This Real Night

Rebecca West

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Virago Modern Classics, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A powerful exposition of the strange necessity of artistic endeavour -- and its limitations, the struggle of light against darkness, good against evil, played out against the coming of the First World War

Acknowledged as Rebecca West's fictional masterpiece, The Fountain Overflows introduces the crisis-ridden Aubrey family. This Real Night continues their remarkable story. It is the early 1900s. With the disappearance of Piers, her feckless and gambling husband, and the sale of some valuable paintings, Clare Aubrey has a firmer grip on the purse strings. Rose and Mary are at music college, struggling for artistic perfection, while the self-assured Cordelia has fallen into the role of art dealer's assistant. Richard Quin, beloved younger brother, is contemplating Oxford. The children's coming of age, with its gradual acceptance of love and loss, becomes all the more poignant as the events of the First World War gather pace...

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Praise for This Real Night

  • 'A lastingly important English writer' MARGHANITA LASKI 'Rebecca West's novel touches the very essence of life' SYBILLE BEDFORD

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Rebecca West

Rebecca West (1892-1983) was born Cicily Isabel Fairfield, taking her pen name from an Ibsen play. A feminist and social reformer, she was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1959. Her only son, Anthony West (1914-1987), was the son of author H.G. Wells.

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