Abstract

Jean Rhys's Smile, Please: An Unfinished Autobiography was not actually written by Rhys, but by novelist David Plante in an act that can only be characterized as ghostwriting. This essay theorizes ghostwriting in the context of autobiography and life writing, and shows how the ghostwriting process results in contested layers of written and spoken texts. Rhys resists the ghostwriter's displacement of her spoken text by quoting her own written texts verbatim throughout Smile, Please, thus in effect auto-ghostwriting her autobiography.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 563-583
Launched on MUSE
2007-02-05
Open Access
No
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