Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys, CBE (24 August 1890 – 14 May 1979), born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams, was a novelist from Dominica. She is best known for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea.

Early life[change | change source]

Rhys was born to a Welsh father and a white Creole mother.[1] In 1907 Rhys left her Caribbean island home to live in England with her aunt.[2] In 1919 Rhys married. In 1927 her first collection of short stories The Left Bank and Other Stories was published by Jonathan Cape (London). Her first novel was published in 1928. That year she moved to London. She married her agent in 1934.[3]

Death[change | change source]

Rhys died alone in a nursing home in Devon in 1979, just before her 87th birthday.[4]

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