Jean Rhys is the most underrated writer who has ever lived. A true genius, and one of my biggest influences. Her novels include Postures, (1928) (released as Quartet in 1929), After Leaving Mr. MacKenzie (1931), Voyage in the Dark (1934), and Good Morning, Midnight (1939), all published to little fanfare. She would not resurface for nearly thirty years, when the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 marked her triumphant return from obscurity and cemented her as one of the most important writers of the 20th Century. When asked about her new found fame, Rhys replied that it had come too late. She died in 1979.
"Edson’s vivid portrayal of the urban area, as well as the working class and underclass, creates a vision of Saint John that highlights the discrepancy between the pre-modern idyllic notion of life in Atlantic Canada and the more complicated reality of the region."
-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Most live writers do not exist. Their fame is created by critics who always need a genius of the season, someone they understand completely and feel safe in praising, but when these fabricated geniuses are dead they will not exist.