Mollie Stoner, Jean rhys biography pdf, 1970s B. England from the age of 16.
Dominica, an island in the British West Indies. Creole” was broadly used in those times to refer to any person born on the island, whether they were of European or African descent or both. Rhys was educated in Dominica until the age of 16, when she was sent to England to live with an aunt. Her instructors despaired of her ever learning to speak “proper English” and advised her father to take her away. Now unable to train as an actress and refusing to return to the Caribbean as her parents wished, she worked with varied success as a chorus girl, adopting the names Vivienne, Emma or Ella Gray. Though he was a bachelor, Smith did not offer to marry Rhys and their affair soon ended.