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August 24,1890-May 14,1979
Jean Rhys was born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams. She was born in Dominica. Rhys is the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother. She later moved to England when she was sixteen to become educated at an all-girls school in Cambridge. Jean Rhys drifted into a series of jobs before becoming a writer at age 30; chorus girl and an artist's model. In the 1920s she traveled around as a Bohemian artist. During this period, Rhys lived in near poverty. She soon became interested modern art and literature. Her experience of feeling displacement during this time has influenced her writings.