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Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before starting to write in Paris in the late 1920's. Her novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with WIDE SARGASSO SEA in 1966. She died in 1979.

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Rhys took one of the works of genius of the 19th Century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the 20th Century -- Michele Roberts
Rhys's iconic prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is rich in motifs and devices both modernist and postmodernist -- Hephzibah Anderson
Beautiful and subversive [...] the novel didn't just take inspiration from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, it illuminated and confronted it, challenged the narrative. -- Danielle McLaughlin * Paris Review *
Wide Sargasso Sea is not just a great novel, it is many brilliant books in one * Independent *

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