Jean Rhys, The Art of Fiction No. 64

Interviewed by Elizabeth Vreeland

INTERVIEWER You once wrote in The Lotus that people live much longer than they should, especially women.

RHYS I’d planned to die at thirty, and then I’d push it on ten years, forty, and then fifty. You always push it on. And then you go on and on and on. It’s difficult. Too much trouble. I’ve thought about death a great deal. One day in the snow I felt so tired. I thought, “Damn it, I’ll sit down. I can’t go on. I’m tired of living here in the snow and ice.” So I sat down on the ground. But it was so cold I got up. Oh yes, I used to try to imagine death, but I always come up against a wall.

NOTE: We regret that we have been unable to obtain Web rights to this interview from the interviewer. We have worked hard to make this archive as complete as possible, and hope you’ll forgive the omission.

The Editors


To read the rest of this piece, purchase the issue.