Jean Rhys


Born
in Roseau, Dominica
August 24, 1890

Died
May 14, 1979

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Jean Rhys (originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams) was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure. A "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea won a prestigious WH Smith Literary Award in 1967.

Rhys was born in Dominica (a formerly British island in the Caribbean) to a Welsh father and Scottish mother. She moved to England at the age of sixteen, where she worked unsuccessfully as a chorus girl. In the 1920s, she relocated to Europe, travelling as a Bohemian artist and taking up residence sporadically in Paris. During this period, R
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Good Morning, Midnight

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Voyage in the Dark

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Quartet

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Smile Please: An Unfinished...

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Sleep it Off Lady: Stories ...

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More books by Jean Rhys…
“I like shape very much. A novel has to have shape, and life doesn't have any. ”
Jean Rhys, Smile Please: An Unfinished Autobiography

“You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone. We are alone in the most beautiful place in the world...”
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

“Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armor at home.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight

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