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Jean RhysTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Erica Johnson and Patricia Moran

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402194

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402194.001.0001

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Introduction: The Haunting of Jean Rhys

Introduction: The Haunting of Jean Rhys

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(p.1) Introduction: The Haunting of Jean Rhys
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Jean Rhys
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Erica L. Johnson

Patricia Moran

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402194.003.0001

In her unfinished autobiography, Jean Rhys (1890–1979) describes the birth of her writing career as a quasi-memorial for herself as a person: buying some black exercise books and the red, blue, green and yellow quill pens to ‘cheer up’ her table and banish its bareness, Rhys represents her writing out of her unhappy first love affair as a compulsive purgation of the experience, but one that left her bereft in the recognition that something in her had died. ‘I filled three exercise books and half another, then I wrote: “Oh God, I’m only twenty and I’ll have to go on living and living and living.” I knew then that it was finished and that there was no more to say.’...

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