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The Collected Short Stories (Norton Paperback Fiction)

The Collected Short Stories (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Author: Jean Rhys
ISBN 13: 9780393306255
ISBN 10: 393306259
Edition: 1st
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1992-06-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 406
List Price: $24.95

"Reading such stories as a group . . . can be overwhelming. Yet it is precisely this intense immersion in experience that is the essence of Rhys' art. The force of her stories lies in the fusion of elegant prose with an uncannypenetration of the darker reaches of the soul."—Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly

This collection rounds out the oeuvre of Rhys, a writer acclaimed for her explication of the female condition. From the highs and lows of her own troubled life, Rhys fashioned stories of women caught in failing relationships, often in lonely rooms in London, Paris or the Caribbean, capturing the essence of their experiences. The 36 stories here include the earliest, from 1927, and those from Sleep It Off Lady, her last collection in 1976. Three short narratives make their first appearance here in book form. Rhys's craft is subtly expressive, producing realistic portraits of women who refuse to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and suffer, in puzzlement, the inevitable consequences. This substantial representation of the works of this eccentric, intriguing writer will please her many devotees. (November 24)