Sleep It Off Lady. Jean Rhys.

Sleep It Off Lady

London: André Deutsch, 1976. Octavo, toned pale green cloth boards, unclipped pictorial dust jacket with light rubbing to top edge and toned spine. Item #10092

First edition of the final collection of stories by Jean Rhys, following her restless heroines through the West Indies, London, and Paris. "She had been in London for the last five years but for one short holiday. There had been the big blitz, then the uneasy lull, then the little blitz, now the fly bombs. But she still accepted all she was told to accept, tried to remember all she was told to remember. The trouble was that she could not always forget all she was told to forget." Presentation copy to English novelist and editor Francis Wyndham, with an autograph note laid in: "For Darling Francis, with love, Jean," written in Rhys's shaky late hand. Wyndham had encouraged Rhys to resume writing after decades of silence, resulting in the appearance of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966, an event which sparked a revival of interest in her work. He would later serve as her literary executor. A moving association copy.

Price: $350.00

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