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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

Author: Jean Rhys
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Softcover
Pages: 192
Genre: Novel
The fortieth anniversary reissue of the best-selling "tour de force" (Walter Allen, New York Times Book Review). Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows upin the lush natural world of the Caribbean. She is sold intomarriage to the coldhearted and prideful Rochester, who succumbsto his need for money and his lust. Yet he will make her pay forher ancestors' sins of slaveholding, excessive drinking, and nihilistic despair by enslaving her as a prisoner in his bleak English home. In this best-selling novel Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

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Jean Rhys was born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams in 1894 at Roseau on the Windward Island of Dominica, and died in Exeter, England in 1979. She wrote short fiction and many novels, all published by Norton; Wide Sargasso Sea is her most famous and acclaimed work.

ISBN: 9780140183481
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