Jean Rhys


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Jean Rhys (24 August 1890 – 14 May 1979), born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a mid 20th-century novelist from Dominica. Educated from the age of 16 in Great Britain, she is best known for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), written as a "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

Rhys was born in Roseau, Dominica. Her father, William Rees Williams, was a Welsh doctor and ... more »

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  • She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feel...
    Jean Rhys (1894-1979), British author. "The Insect World," Sleep It Off, Lady (1976).
  • ''The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still. Like when they say, "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end."''
    Jean Rhys (1894-1979), British author. The narrator (Anna Morgan), in Voyage in the Dark, act 4 (1934).
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