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Wide Sargasso Sea - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/03/2000
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Her grand attempt to tell what she felt was the story of Jane Eyre's 'madwoman in the attic', Bertha Rochester, Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea is edited with an introduction and notes by Angela Smith in Penguin Classics.

Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys's brief, beautiful masterpiece.

Jean Rhys (1894-1979) was born in Dominica. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before moving to Paris, where she began writing and was 'discovered' by Ford Madox Ford. Her novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 (when Good Morning, Midnight was written) onwards she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with her account of Jane Eyre's Bertha Rochester, Wide Sargasso Sea, in 1966.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182858
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 145 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm


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'She took one of the works of genius of the nineteenth century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the twentieth century'
- Michele Roberts, The Times

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“Wide Sargasso Sea: Student Edition”

This prequel to Jane Eyre tells the story of the first Mrs. Rochester. When young, attractive and rich Edward Rochester arrives at the Caribbean, he falls in love with the beautiful Antoinette Cosway. He marries her,... More

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“Wide Sargasso Sea: Student Edition”

A dark, hypnotic, sensual novel. While not a huge fan of "Jane Eyre" (I find Victorian literature rather padded and tedious on the whole), this 20th-century prequel thrilled and affected me.... More

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“The intriguing and tragic story of the first Mrs Rochester!”

What led to the beautiful Antoinette Cosway becoming the mad woman in the attic after her marriage to Mr Rochester? Jean Rhys fills in the details for us and, for what it's worth, I still think it's a shame... More

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