Jean Rhys archive, 1920-1991


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Jean Rhys archive, 1920-1991

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1927-1991 (bulk) 1949-1979

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Manuscripts relating to colonial writer and author of Wide Sargasso Sea: drafts of stories, letters to, from and about her; sound recordings; reviews of her books; interviews with and articles about her.

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Jean Rhys (1890-1979) had two intensely creative periods in her career as novelist and story writer; the first from about 1920 to 1935 and the second from about 1950 until her death in 1979. Apart from her published work, few records of the earlier period are known to survive. This collection, while it includes some items from the earlier period, documents the second period in some detail. The collection, assembled from several sources, contains drafts of Rhys' work, substantial correspondence to, from, and about her, sound recordings, a variety of printed material, reviews, taped interviews, articles about her and editions of her published works. The correspondence includes letters from Francis Wyndham, Selma Vaz Dias, Olwyn Hughes, Oliver Stoner (E. Morchard Bishop) and Joan Forman



15 Linear Feet (30 boxes, 1 oversized folder) : Shelved on 3rd floor, 5th floor Vault, 5th floor oversize racks.


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