Quartet by Jean Rhys

Quartet by Jean Rhys. 1969 Andre Deutsch edition (c/r1928), 186 pages. In a send-up by Al Alvarez in the New York Review, "Jean Rhys was seventy-six years old before she had a literary success. Her first five books—a collection of short stories and four novels, published between 1927 and 1939—had been praised sporadically for their style, disliked generally for their sordid subject matter, and sold hardly at all.... Obscure she certainly was until the last few years of her very long life... but happy and peaceful never, and her belated success was no compensation for the unspeakable mess she made of the business of living." 

Quartet was Rhys's autobiographical debut novel and depicts her affair with Ford Maddox Ford while her husband was in jail.

Condition: VG, pencil mark on end paper

"Everyone else sat as mournfully still as though they were part of the sombre decor of some incredibly dull play."

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