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Elaine Savory

Elaine Savory has published widely on Caribbean and African literatures, including Jean Rhys (two books, a co-edited collection and many essays). She lived and worked for many years in Barbados and came to know the whole region. Her poem collection flame tree time was published in the Sandberry Press series (Kingston, Jamaica). In the past decade she has published in postcolonial ecocriticism and environmental humanities, including an essay on Rhys which explores her environments. She has just completed a memoir and a long essay on the breadfruit (botany, history and presence in human culture). In 2021, she retired from The New School as Emeritus Professor.

Miranda Seymour's I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys

Seymour’s hard work and fundamental respect for Rhys is evident all through this biography, but so also are her judgements, omissions, and preferences (in this she is no different than most biographers). But it is good to see Rhys come alive at times as if she could speak back for herself.

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The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2023

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