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Jean Rhys's late masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea was inspired by Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s.

A gorgeous clothbound edition of Jean Rhys's great masterpiece of desire and madness in the Caribbean, published for the novel's fiftieth anniversary.
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys's brief, beautiful masterpiece.
'She took one of the works of genius of the nineteenth century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the twentieth century'
Michele Roberts, The Times

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  • Hardback

    9780241281901

    November 14, 2016

    Penguin Classics

    160 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Paperback

    9780241951552

    May 13, 2011

    Penguin General UK

    156 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141182858

    October 23, 2001

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141185422

    September 19, 2000

    Penguin Classics

    160 pages

    RRP $19.99

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