Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Rebecca West

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Rebecca West
b. 1892, London; d. 1983, London

Rebecca West was an English novelist, critic, and journalist. Though she wrote numerous novels, her best work is considered to be her social and cultural studies, such as Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942), an exploration of politics and society in the Balkans. West contributed to journals and magazines such as The New Yorker throughout her career. Other works include The Meaning of Treason (1949) and her brilliant reportage on the Nuremberg trials, collected in A Train of Powder (1955). West was honored with the title of Dame for her work and service in 1959.

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