The Lady Vanquished
Jean Rhys articulated the plight of the abandoned woman
The Blue Hour:
A Life of Jean Rhys
by Lilian Pizzichini
W.W. Norton & Co.
$29.95 List Price
Jean Rhys lived a hard-luck life and wrote, almost exclusively, about hard-luck women. Her pellucid writing, in which shards of pained observation cut a jagged edge in an otherwise fluid style, is so accessible that it is easy to overlook the art—the tight control—behind the seeming artlessness. Like those of Marguerite Duras and Katherine Mansfield, Rhys’s natural psychological habitat was despondency of a particularly
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