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Jean Rhys (1890–1979)

Autor(a) de Wide Sargasso Sea

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras por Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) 8,220 exemplares
Good Morning, Midnight (1939) 1,401 exemplares
Voyage in the Dark (1934) 805 exemplares
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (1931) 653 exemplares
Quartet (1928) 644 exemplares
Tigers Are Better-looking (1968) 227 exemplares
Sleep It Off Lady (1976) 218 exemplares
Let Them Call It Jazz (1976) 134 exemplares
Early Novels (1984) 27 exemplares

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 423 exemplares
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories Volume 2: The Twentieth Century (1991) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Indiscreet Journeys: Stories of Women on the Road (1989) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Perversity (1925) — Tradutor, algumas edições54 exemplares
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Haunting Women (1988) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Demons within, & other disturbing tales (1977) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Wide Sargasso Sea [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 5 exemplares
Chill to the Sunlight: Tropical Stories of the Macabre (1978) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
早稲田文学増刊 女性号 (2017) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Rhys, Jean
Nome legal
Rees William, Ella Gwendolen (meisjesnaam)
Outros nomes
Vivienne Gray
Emma Gray
Ella Gray
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
St. Matthew's Church Cheriton Fitzpaine, Mid Devon District, Devon, England
País (no mapa)
United Kingdom
Local de nascimento
Roseau, Dominica, West Indies
Local de falecimento
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
Locais de residência
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)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1978)

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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 em Backlisted Book Club (Março 2022)



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