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Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield "Dame Rebecca West", British Author/Journalist (1892-1983)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Cicely Isabel Fairfield, born 21 December 1892 in London, England, the youngest of three daughters of Charles Fairfield (1843-1906), a journalist in London and Isabella Campbell Mackenzie (1853-1921), a talented pianist. Cicily hoped to become an actress, and in 1910 she enrolled in the Academy of Dramatic Art. Soon, however, she abandoned her theatrical ambitions and joined the staff of the feminist journal, The Freewoman, for which she began to write regularly under the name of Rebecca West (adopted after playing that character in a performance of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm). West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was widely considered to be among the important public intellectuals of the 20th century. She 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 the British 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 recognition of her outstanding contributions to British letters. She was considered one of the finest prose writers in twentieth-century England. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge
SEPTEMBER

The Labor Day Holiday in the United States is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States. Two 19th century labor union leaders have been credited for founding and organizing the first Labor Day celebration, Peter McGuire of New York state, and Matthew Maguire of the state of New Jersey.

So who deserves to be called Father of Labor Day? Peter the carpenter or Matt the machinist? In reality, they might share credit, Maguire for initiating the event and McGuire for urging it be annually repeated.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing the WeRelate pages on these two individuals to life. Have fun.

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