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    DescriptionSet against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting story was inspired by the first Mrs. Rochester, in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that he is pushing her towards madness, and towards a terrible conclusion amongst the leaping flames at Thornfield Hall...


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    Title
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Rhys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140274219
    ISBN 10: 0140274219
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    DC21: 813
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET038
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CARIBB
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    03 September 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jean Rhys was born in Domenica in 1890 but came to London when she was sixteen. She began to write after the first of her three marriages broke up, but without any particular success, perhaps because her writing was decades ahead of its time. Nearlytwenty years after her books had gone out of print, she made a sensational re-appearance in 1966 with WIDE SARGASSO SEA, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the WH Smith award. She died in 1979.
    Review text
    Rhys was haunted by the figure of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in the attic. Antoinette Cosway is a Creole heiress, whose family traps the young Rochester into marrying her. Soon after the marriage, the rumours of insanity and inbreeding in her family turn him against her. Alone in the house on the Yorkshire moors, she succumbs to madness and is imprisoned in the attic, while downstairs, Jane Eyre is trying to steal her husband. Review by Pat Barker, Booker Prize-winning author of the 'Regeneration Trilogy' (Kirkus UK)