Questions tagged [jean-rhys]

Questions about the novelist and short-story writer Jean Rhys (1890 – 1979) and her works. She is best known for her novel 'Wide Sargasso Sea' (1966); after the publication of this novel, readers rediscovered her older work, such as the novel 'Voyage in the Dark' (1934).

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Meaning of ché in several French or Martiniquan Creole phrases in Wide Sargasso Sea

The first part of Jean Rhys' novel Wide Sargasso Sea is set in Jamaica, but the main character's mother is from Martinique, where French and the French-based Martiniquan Creole are spoken. The family'...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

I am trying to work out how long Bertha Mason had been locked up by the time we reach Thornfield in the story. This is part of an argument I am working for work and I haven't been able to find a ...
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Did Jean Rhys recognize her fictional portrait in Ford Madox Ford's *When the Wicked Man*?

Jean Rhys's affair with Ford Madox Ford, and its effects on her marriage to Jean Lenglet as well as on Ford's relationship with Stella Bowen, have been variously cataloged by each of this foursome: ...
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Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

I read Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea without ever having heard of Jane Eyre. I didn't see even it was a prequel to another work, because I try to avoid spoilers on the back of the book. What, if ...