Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Left Bank, was published in 1927 and was followed by Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Voyage in the Dark and Good Morning, Midnight.
In the 1940s, Rhys all but disappeared from public view, eventually being traced to Landboat Bungalows, Cheriton Fitzpaine, in Devon. She had spent these years writing the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking and perfecting her most famous work, Wide Sargasso Sea. She made a sensational reappearance into the public eye when Wide Sargasso Sea was published in 1966, and when it won both the Royal Society of Literature Prize and the prestigious WHSmith Literary Award.
Some of Jean Rhys' books:
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