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Jean Rhys (1890–1979)

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Jean Rhys, 1890 - 1979 Writer Jean Rhys was born in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. Her father was a Welsh doctor and her mother was a Dominican Creole. Her heritage deeply influenced her life as well as her writing. At seventeen, her father sent her to England to attend the Perse School, Cambridge visa mer and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Unfortunately, she was forced to abandon her studies when her father died. Rhys worked as a chorus girl and ghostwrote a book on furniture. During World War I, she volunteered in a soldier canteen and, in 1918, worked in a pension office. In 1919, she went to Holland and married the French-Dutch journalist and songwriter Jean Langlet. They had two children, a daughter and a son who died as an infant. She began writing under the patronage of Ford Madox Ford. Her husband was sentenced to prison for illegal financial transactions. Her affair ended badly with Ford, and her marriage ended in divorce. In 1934, she married Leslie Tilden Smith who died in 1945. Two years later, she married Max Hamer who died in 1966. Rhys lived many years in the West Country, most often in great poverty. In 1927, Rhys' first collection of stories, "The Left Bank and Other Stories," was published. Her first novel, "Quartet" (1928), is considered to be an account of her affair with Ford Madox Ford told through Marya, a young English woman. In "Voyage in the Dark" (1934), the character is a young chorus girl involved with an older lover. She has also written "Good Morning, Midnight" (1939) and "Sleep It Off Lady" (1976) and the internationally acclaimed "Wide Sargasso Sea" (1960). Rhys was made a CBE in 1978 and received the W.H. Smith Award, the Royal Society of Literature Award and an Arts Council Bursart. Rhys died on May 14, 1979 in Exeter. In the same year, her unfinished autobiography "Smile Please" appeared. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) 8,221 exemplar
Godmorgon, midnatt! (1939) 1,401 exemplar
Resa i mörker : [roman] (1934) 805 exemplar
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (1931) 653 exemplar
Quartet (1928) 644 exemplar
Tigers Are Better-looking (1968) 227 exemplar
Sleep It Off Lady (1976) 218 exemplar
Let Them Call It Jazz (1976) 134 exemplar
Early Novels (1984) 27 exemplar

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The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 122 exemplar
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 118 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 99 exemplar
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Bidragsgivare — 72 exemplar
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 64 exemplar
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
Indiscreet Journeys: Stories of Women on the Road (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar
Perversity (1925) — Översättare, vissa utgåvor54 exemplar
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Chill to the Sunlight: Tropical Stories of the Macabre (1978) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
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Allmänna fakta

Vedertaget namn
Rhys, Jean
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Rees William, Ella Gwendolen (meisjesnaam)
Andra namn
Vivienne Gray
Emma Gray
Ella Gray
St. Matthew's Church Cheriton Fitzpaine, Mid Devon District, Devon, England
Land (för karta)
United Kingdom
Roseau, Dominica, West Indies
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
London, England, UK
Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, England, UK
Paris, France
Vienna, Austria
Perse School, Cambridge
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
short-story writer
nude model
Williams, William Rees (father)
Williams, Minna (mother)
Lenglet, Willem Johan Marie Jean aka Edouard de Nève (first husband)
Tilden-Smith, Leslie (second husband)
Hamer, Max (third husband)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 1979)
Priser och utmärkelser
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1978)
Kort biografi
Ella Gwendoline Rees Williams wrote under the pseudonym Jean Rhys. She was born to a British-Creole family in the British colony of Dominica in the West Indies, and left the island in 1907. She began publishing her writing in the late 1920s. Her most famous work was Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), which won the W.H. Smith Award and the Heinemann Award. In it, Rhys returned to her frequent themes of conflicting cultures, dominance and dependence. Jean Rhys died in Exeter, Devon, before finishing the autobiography she was working on. The incomplete text appeared posthumously under the title Smile Please (1979).



2. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys i Backlisted Book Club (mars 2022)


Pretty non stop achingly sad. I found it tough to read a lot of the time just because it's so constantly sad and even the slightly less sad bits are just pitstops. Sometimes plot wise I felt a bit confused, between each part there's a lot of time skipped and I didn't really get what happened in between (the gap between part 1 and part 2 especially confused me although I think I mostly got it by the end). I also probably missed a bit because I've not read Jane Eyre (although I get the basic relation). Also also I don't understand the historical context enough to understand all the racial stuff exactly.

That probably sounds too critical I did like it. It was powerful writing. I just don't have the skills to say more than "it was really depressing and the stuff she was put through was horrible". The mental illness stuff probably hit closest to home for me - the sense of reactions to terrible traumas and awful situations proving inherent "madness" which requires people to be locked up for their own good. It's horrible and chilling to read. I dunno yeah it's good I just need more understanding on my own part to get the most out of it. it's good though
… (mer)
tombomp | 241 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
She spoke as if she were trying to recall a book she had read or a story she had heard and Mr Horsfield felt irritated by her vagueness, 'because', he thought, 'your life is your life and you must be pretty definite about it. Or if it's a story you are making up, you ought at least to have it pat.'

A strange, lonely, forceful novel, entirely in line with Rhys' canon. Julia Martin, the novel's central character, is a sort of down-at-heel Lily Bart, the heroine from Wharton's The House of Mirth. A woman reliant on the charity of others, especially men, never quite strong enough to continue on her own but also uncertain if, or how, she could do so anyway. Flitting between a lonely London and a lonely Paris, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie is a study of those lost in the cracks of society, of the kind of cafard found in late 19th century naturalist paintings, and of the slow urban isolation felt, then, especially by women, and now, perhaps, by many more of us?… (mer)
therebelprince | 12 andra recensioner | Oct 24, 2023 |
This featured a clearly mentally unwell woman who muses on her tragic past and obsesses about herself, her appearance, and men, and sex with men, while drinking vast amounts of alcohol and resenting the fact that she has very little money. She was very occasionally dryly funny, but otherwise everyone and everything was unpleasant, unlikable, hostile.

Possibly the most depressing book I have ever read (and I've read 'A Little Life').
pgchuis | 35 andra recensioner | Sep 8, 2023 |
The thing that I found so striking as I read this was how subtle the writing is and how much breath flows through its 171 pages. The themes of power/control/hatred/safety are prominent. Much can also be said about the feeling of being in-between (colonial generations, nationalities, race, etc.) A lot to ponder, and definitely something I will want reread in the future.
psalva | 241 andra recensioner | Sep 3, 2023 |


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