Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys was born Ella Gwendoline Rees Williams in the British colony of Dominica in the West Indies on 24 August 1890, the fourth surviving child of her parents. Her father, William Rees Williams, had arrived on the island in 1881 to practise medicine; her mother, Minna Lockhart, was the grand-daughter of James Potter Lockhart, who had bought the Geneva estate on Dominica in 1824 and who had been an important figure in the small white colonial élite on the island. After the emancipation of the slaves (1834) the Geneva estate entered a genteel decline, evocatively recreated in Jean Rhys’s best-known novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, which was only completed and published when she was 76. Although Rhys left Dominica in 1907 …

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Hulme, Peter. "Jean Rhys". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2001
[, accessed 30 November 2015.]

Articles on Rhys' works

  1. Good Morning, Midnight
  2. Smile Please: An Unfinished Autobiography
  3. The Collected Short Stories
  4. Voyage in the Dark
  5. Wide Sargasso Sea