Category: Travelogue

Rebecca West, UK author, critic and travel writer, died today in history: 15 March, 1983

Portrait of Rebecca West by Madame Yevonde
Portrait of Rebecca West by Madame Yevonde

Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. An author who wrote in many genres, West reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic, and she was a correspondent for The Bookman. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder (1955), her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of the trial of theBritish Fascist William Joyce and others; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the “Aubrey trilogy” of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her “indisputably the world’s number one woman writer” in 1947. She was made CBE in 1949 , and DBE in 1959, in each case, the citation reads ‘writer and literary critic’.

Martha Gellhorn, U.S. author, travel writer and journalist, committed suicide today in history: February 15, 1998

Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway with General Yu Hanmou, Chungking, China, 1941
Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway with General Yu Hanmou, Chungking, China, 1941

Martha Ellis Gellhorn (November 8, 1908 – February 15, 1998) was an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist, who is considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. She reported on virtually every major world conflict that took place during her 60-year career. Gellhorn was also the third wife of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, from 1940 to 1945. At the age of 89, ill and almost completely blind, she committed suicide. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism is named after her.