Mary Stephenson, who worked for the novelist Jean Rhys in the final months of her life before her death in 1979, remembers the time she spent with her as she took dictation of her autobiography.
At the time she answered Jean's advertisement for a typist, Mary was in her early 30s and she found the 87-year-old Rhys to be, by turns, charming, infuriating and embittered; sometimes her memories would light her up, sometimes they would fire her anger.
Now a writer herself, Mary's recollections draw on extracts from the book she typed - Jean's autobiography Smile Please. Two other women in Jean's life, her editor Diana Athill and her friend Diana Melly, also add their own memories of the author at this final, troubled stage of her life.
Jean Rhys is played by Merelina Kendall.
|Programme Catalogue - Details: Philippe Collard||19910818|
First broadcast on 1989-12-30
Producer: G. STEWART
Previous in series: FAURE 7 BARCAROLLES and THEME AND VARIATIONS
30 Dec 1989 15:40-17:00 (RADIO 3)
18 Aug 1991 14:30-15:50 (RADIO 3)
Recorded on 1989-07-16
|Programme Catalogue - Details: Yves Thibaudet||19900328|
First broadcast on 1989-01-19
Producer: N. WILKINSON
Next in series: 06 January 1996
19 Jan 1989 10:55-11:40 (RADIO 3)
28 Mar 1990 10:15-11:00 (RADIO 3)
Recorded on 1987-10-15
|Programme Catalogue - Details: Yves Thibaudet||19960106|
06 January 1996
Producer: BROWN, S
Previous in series: PIANO
06 Jan 1996 14:35-16:00 (RADIO 3)
05 Jul 1997 18:30-19:55 (RADIO 3)
Recorded on 1995-06-30
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