Quartet (Paperback)

Author: Rhys, Jean

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*Author: Rhys, Jean *Series Title: Norton Paperback Fiction *Publication Date: 1997/03/01 *Number of Pages: 186 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393315462
SKU 30058415
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393315460
Release Date 4/23/2007
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Jean Rhys
Jean Rhys was born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams in the West Indies. She consistently gave her birth date as 1894, but was actually born in 1890. Her father was a Welsh doctor and her mother the daughter of a Creole plantation owner. At 16 Rhys went to England to attend drama school, and toured England as a chorus girl during World War I. Eventually, she lived in Paris, married three times, and had one daughter. Rhys began to write when Ford Madox Ford, with whom she was having an affair, encouraged her to write stories based on the entries in her diaries. Following her first volume of short stories (published in 1927), she wrote a roman ? clef, QUARTET, about her affair with Ford. Her perennial subject was the cruelties that an unjust world in general--and men in particular--inflict upon women. Rhys was an alcoholic and once spent five days in prison after a fight with a neighbor. She abruptly stopped writing in 1939; after a long silence during which she lived in obscurity, WIDE SARGASSO SEA appeared in 1966. When fame finally came, she was 76. In spite of her turbulent life, she lived to be almost 90, dying in 1979.
"This is a short novel. The word 'slight' cannot be used of a work in which so much talent is displayed. Miss Rhys tells her story with the miraculous spontaneity of all her writing, and in the tone of one who keeps calm while reporting a catastrophe."
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Annotation When Marya Zelli's husband, Stephan, a Polish art smuggler, is arrested, Marya moves in with Heidler, a middle-aged and seemingly respectable art dealer whose wife encourages him to pursue other women--as a form of sexual control over him. When Stephan is released from prison and finds out about the affair, he rejects Marya, as does Heidler, who returns to his wife. As in so many of Rhys's novels, "Quartet" is about a woman of sensitivity and imagination who is destroyed by a cold world. This is her first published novel, and it is based on her affair with Ford Madox Ford, who also appears as the eponymous, self-satisfied hypocrite in AFTER LEAVING MR. MACKENZIE. (Each member of the real-life "quartet" wrote a novel about it.)
First Line It was about half-past five on an October afternoon when Marya Zelli came out of the Café Lavenue, which is a dignified and comparatively expensive establishment on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.
Editors Note Now available for the first time in paperback, "Quartet" "belongs to the new tradition in prose, which shuns elaboration for sharpness and intensity of effect" ("New York Times"). A woman, caught in the stranglehold between her lover and his wife, faces a further dilemma when her own husband is released from prison.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

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