JEAN RHYS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 201641
JEAN RHYS Signed autograph letter in a shaky hand, describing how time passes for her in old age Autograph Letter signed: "Jean Rhys", 1 page, 6x8¼. Also initialed "J. R." Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon (England), undated. On personal letterhead to
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Signed autograph letter in a shaky hand, describing how time passes for her in old age
Autograph Letter signed: "Jean Rhys", 1 page, 6x8¼. Also initialed "J. R." Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon (England), undated. On personal letterhead to "Mr. Davis", in full: "For Mr. Davis with all good wish. [initials] There are compensations of age. The first is that time alters. I don't know how else to put it. As a rule it gallops swiftly [?] - It's Monday before it's Thursday, scarcely Thursday before it's Sunday and another week has gone. It's May, then August, then October and winter again. But other days, instead of flashing by, seems to stretch so that [phrase illegible]. Extract from an article in the London Times of May 21st, 1975." Jean Rhys was the pen name of Ella Gwendoline Rees Williams (1890-1979), a West Indian creole writer who lived most of her life in England. Her first published book was The Left Bank and Other Stories (1927). Her most acclaimed novel was Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). Her fiction featured unhappy women powerless to resist dominating men, a theme which reflected her own unhappy marriages, affairs and life in general. This letter is undated, but references something she had written for the London Times in May 1975. Her later years were spent alone in a small cottage in Cheriton Fitzpaine. She was drinking heavily by this time, which along with her age may account for the shaky handwriting here, but she was still writing. (Sleep It Off, Lady, her last collection of short stories, was published in 1976.) She was writing an autobiography at the time of her death, published posthumously in unfinished form in 1979 as Smile Please. Fold creases, not near signature. Fine condition.
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