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Author Seymour, Miranda, author.

Title I used to live here once : the haunted life of Jean Rhys / Miranda Seymour.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2022.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  823 Rhys,J SEY    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description xvii, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Wellspring (1890-1907) -- Floggings, school, and sex (1896-1906) -- Stage-struck (1907-13) -- Fact and fiction : a London life (1911-13) -- London in wartime (1913-19) -- A Paris marriage (1919-25) -- "L'affaire Ford" (1924-26) -- Hunger, and hope (1926-28) -- Two tunes : past and present (1929-36) -- A la recherche, or Temps Perdi (1936) -- Good Morning, midnight (1936-39) -- At war with the world (1940-45) -- Beckenham blues (1946-50) -- The lady vanishes (1950-56) -- A house by the sea (1957-60) -- Cheriton Fitzpaine -- The madness of perfection (1960-63) -- An end and a beginning (1964-66) -- No orchids for Miss Rhys (1966-69) -- Rhys in retreat (1967-74) -- "Mrs Methuselah" (1973-76) -- "The old punk upstairs" (1977-79).
Summary "Jean Rhys is one of the most compelling writers of the twentieth century. Memories of her Caribbean girlhood haunt the four short and piercingly brilliant novels that Rhys wrote during her extraordinary years as an exile in 1920s Paris and later in England, a body of fiction-above all, the extraordinary Wide Sargasso Sea-that has a passionate following today. And yet her own colorful life, including her early years on the Caribbean island of Dominica, remains too little explored, until now. In I Used to Live Here Once, Miranda Seymour sheds new light on the artist whose proud and fiercely solitary life profoundly informed her writing. Rhys experienced tragedy and extreme poverty, alcohol and drug dependency, romantic and sexual turmoil, all of which contributed to the "Rhys woman" of her oeuvre. Today, readers still intuitively relate to her unforgettable characters, vulnerable, watchful, and often alarmingly disaster-prone outsiders; women with a different way of moving through the world. And yet, while her works often contain autobiographical material, Rhys herself was never a victim. The figure who emerges for Seymour is cultured, self-mocking, unpredictable-and shockingly contemporary. Based on new research in the Caribbean, a wealth of never-before-seen papers, journals, letters, and photographs, and interviews with those who knew Rhys, I Used to Live Here Once is a luminous and penetrating portrait of a fascinatingly elusive artist"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Rhys, Jean.
Women novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Caribbean literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Dominica literature -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Haunted life of Jean Rhys
ISBN 9781324006121 hardcover
1324006129 hardcover

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