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Rhys, Jean (1890-1979) By Taylor-Batty, Juliette

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1485-1
Published: 02/05/2017
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Jean Rhys was a Dominican novelist and short-story writer. Her career can be divided into two main periods: her modernist fiction of the 1920s and 1930s, which depicts the bohemian demi-monde in Europe of the time as experienced by vulnerable female protagonists on the margins of respectability, and her later work, which came after a long hiatus with the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). Wide Sargasso Sea, her best known novel, is a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and an important text within postcolonial studies.

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Taylor-Batty, Juliette. "Rhys, Jean (1890-1979)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 6 Dec. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1485-1

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