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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) 8,522 eksemplarer
Good Morning, Midnight (1939) 1,454 eksemplarer
Voyage in the Dark (1934) 828 eksemplarer
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (1931) 673 eksemplarer
Quartet (1928) 666 eksemplarer
Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (1985) 334 eksemplarer
Tigers Are Better-looking (1968) 232 eksemplarer
Sleep It Off Lady (1976) 221 eksemplarer
Let Them Call It Jazz (1976) 134 eksemplarer
Jean Rhys: Letters 1931-1966 (1984) 120 eksemplarer
Early Novels (1984) 27 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 433 eksemplarer
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Bidragyder — 186 eksemplarer
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Bidragyder — 168 eksemplarer
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Bidragyder — 135 eksemplarer
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Bidragyder — 64 eksemplarer
Indiscreet Journeys: Stories of Women on the Road (1989) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
Perversity (1925) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver57 eksemplarer
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
Haunting Women (1988) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Penguin Modern Stories 1 (1969) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Demons within, & other disturbing tales (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Wide Sargasso Sea [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 5 eksemplarer
Chill to the Sunlight: Tropical Stories of the Macabre (1978) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
早稲田文学増刊 女性号 (2017) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Rhys, Jean
Juridisk navn
Rees William, Ella Gwendolen (meisjesnaam)
Andre navne
Vivienne Gray
Emma Gray
Ella Gray
St. Matthew's Church Cheriton Fitzpaine, Mid Devon District, Devon, England
Land (til kort)
United Kingdom
Roseau, Dominica, West Indies
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
London, England, UK
Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, England, UK
Paris, France
Vienna, Austria
Perse School for Girls, 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 og hædersbevisninger
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1978)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary, Literature, 1979)
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 (marts 2022)


This makes me look like a philistine, but there you have it. This sat on my bedside table for over a week and I never could get past page 9. Not my cup of tea.
dvoratreis | 37 andre anmeldelser | May 22, 2024 |
4/5 ⭐️s. In looking around, reviews are all over the place on this one. The writing was difficult to comprehend at times because of (I believe) the stream of consciousness POV shifts between Rochester and Antoinette, but I loved the challenge. I got lost inside Antoinette's mind and truly felt for her and her impossible situation. I now understand Rochester better, but that doesn't mean I like Mr. Byronic Badman anymore than I did in JANE EYRE. The descriptions of the landscape in Jamaica/Dominica were gorgeously lush; one could see why Antoinette's heart belonged there. A post-colonial look at Britain's and France's imposed domination over these islands was heartbreaking to read, but I learned so much history about this period that I didn't know before.… (mere)
crabbyabbe | 254 andre anmeldelser | May 14, 2024 |
I finished it, but I was confused, couldnt follow it, it made no sense. Its supposed to be the pre-quel to Jane Eyre which is such a wonderful idea, but I was befuddled and did not enjoy it.
Poyma | 12 andre anmeldelser | May 12, 2024 |
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?… (mere)
therebelprince | 14 andre anmeldelser | Apr 21, 2024 |


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