Thank you for shining a spotlight on Jean Rhys. She definitely should be elevated to role model for the masses, not just for masses of women. She transcends gender. Any person would be able to benefit from her insight on the human condition.
And what an incredible contrast the heroines from Rhys's early four novels (Quartet, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, Voyage in the Dark, Good Morning Midnight) are from Lady Brett Ashley (a well-known drunk, hyper-sexualized heroine from a novel by some guy named Hemingway).
Jean Rhys's work is not just a supplement to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Women and Economics. Her work is much more than that. It is universal, timeless, and essential. And it is beautiful.
I hope that she eventually receives the recognition she deserves.
Peter M. Sproul
Oct 7 2009 - 5:18pm