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The Blue Hour

Mark Bostridge reviews, The Blue Hour: A Portrait of Jean Rhys by Lilian Pizzichini. Lilian Pizzichini’s The Blue Hour is a compact examination of what it felt like to be Jean Rhys, the writer who ended her days staring at the world through the bottom of an empty whisky bottle. More than 20 years ago, Carole Angier’s biography was a sprawling epic whose accumulation of jagged detail came to reflect the messy, bewildering.. Read More

The Brazilian Sphinx

Lorrie Moore reviews Benjamin Moser’s, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, at the New York Review of Books. Before beginning this review, I took a quick unscientific survey: Who had read the work of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector? When I consulted with Latin American scholars (well, only four of them) they grew breathless in their praise. She was a goddess; she was Brazilian literature’s greatest writer. Further inquiry revealed some.. Read More