London’s tabloid newspaper Daily Mail, in its pseudo-review of Lilian Pizzichini’s book on Rhys, The Blue Hour, has issued its diagnosis on the late Dominican writer. The “doctors” of the Daily Mail have concluded, after reading the book, that “had she been alive today Jean Rhys (1890-1976) would certainly have been diagnosed with a personality disorder. Or as hovering on the very edge of the Asperger’s spectrum. Poor woman.”
Poor woman indeed…
“Pizzichini’s excellent biography” lead reviewers to conclude that Rhys was “an absolute nightmare” and therefore “God’s gift to a biographer.”
If you want the sordid details from the “review” you can go to the link below. A biography that leads the reviewer to conclude that “how [Rhys] managed to write Wide Sargasso Sea . . . is one of the great literary mysteries of our time” has certainly missed its point. For the answer to that you can go to Carole Angier’s 1991 biography, Jean Rhys: Life and Work, which is easily obtainable.