Daphne Du Maurier






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        writ·er/'rit-r/
        {Noun}

          1. A person who has written a particular text.
          2. A person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or regular occupation.


        Daphne Du Maurier was born in London on 13th May 1907 she was the second daughter of the actor-manager Sir Gerald Du Maurier and granddaughter of artist and writer George Du Maurier. She grew up in a lively London household where friends such as J.M. Barrie and Edgar Wallace visited often. Daphne, with her sisters Angela and Jeanne were educated by a governess before going to schools in London, France and Paris. She wrote from a very early age which was encouraged by her father and she travelled throughout Europe. Her uncle, a magazine editor, published one of her stories when she was a teenager and got her a literary agent.


          All autobiography is self-indulgent.
          DAPHNE DU MAURIER


        Du Maurier's love for Cornwall began during her childhood when her family spent their holidays there, eventually buying a second home at Bodinnick-by-Fowey called Ferryside, Daphne stayed there often, usually alone, and this is where she found the freedom she craved...(scroll down)



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        Daphne Du Maurier, circa 1920s
        Personal Favourite Du Maurier Film Adaptation:
        "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again". It can only be Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) [DVD] Now @ Amazon.co.uk



          I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.
          DAPHNE DU MAURIER, Rebecca



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        KEY FACTS


        {Name}

          Daphne du Maurier

        {Born}

          13 May 1907, London, England, UK

        {Spouse}

          Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick A. M. Browning (19 July 1932 - 14 March 1965) (his death)

        {Awards}

          Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1969

        {Died}

          19 April 1989, Par, Cornwall, England, UK


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        DAPHNE DU MAURIER: FRAGMENTS FROM A LIFE


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        Her first book, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931 and received rave reviews. It was thanks to this book that she met her future husband, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Arthur Montague Browning II, or 'Boy' as he was known. He sailed to Fowey to meet the author of The Loving Spirit, a book he greatly admired, they fell in love and were married in 1932 at Lanteglos Church. They were happily married for thirty-three years and had three children.

        Daphne continued writing, Jamaica Inn, published in 1936, was inspired by a visit at the famous tavern on Bodmin Moor. She went riding and got lost on the moors, she managed to find her way back and wrote the story soon after about a young woman, Mary Yellen, who goes to live with her aunt Patience and uncle Joss Merlyn. She soon learns about the smuggling which is taking place on the coast and her uncle is the leader. The inn is now a famous visitor attraction dedicated to the story.

        Rebecca is without doubt Du Mauriers' most famous novel, the opening line, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," sets the scene and is amongst the most memorable in all literature. Menabilly, the house where Du Maurier and her family lived was the setting for Manderley. Frenchman's Creek and Hungry Hill followed before My Cousin Rachel in 1951 in which we are left to make up our own minds whether Rachel killed Ambrose, however Rachel dies, taking the secret with her.


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        Daphne Du Maurier, © Edward Gooch/Hulton


        'Boy' died in 1965 and soon after Daphne moved from Menabilly to Kilmarth which was to be the setting for The House on the Strand. Vanishing Cornwall was published in 1967 with her son, Christian and two years later she was made a dame for her literary distinction.


          Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard
          DAPHNE DU MAURIER


        Du Maurier also published many short stories, plays and biographies, The Infernal World of Branwell Brontė, the brother of Charlotte, Anne and Emily, in 1960. Her biography of Francis Bacon in 1976 and her autobiography, Growing Pains, was published when she was 70. Many short stories have been published including Not After Midnight, Don't Look Now and The Birds, all of which have been made into successful films as have most of her novels, the most famous being Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock.

        Daphne Du Maurier died on April 19, 1989 at Par in Cornwall. Her pictorial memoir, Enchanted Cornwall, was published posthumously in 1992. Since 1997 there has been a festival of arts and literature in Fowey named after Du Maurier to which thousands of people visit and watch shows. There has been many books published about Du Maurier, including one by her daughter, Flavia Leng in 1999.



        Selected Books | Du Maurier Film Adaptation Posters

        Kingsley Amis | Martin Amis | Baudelaire | Albert Camus
        Lewis Carroll | John Le Carre | Jean Cocteau | Roald Dahl
        Dostoevsky | John Fowles | Jean Genet
        Andre Gide | Goethe | Graham Greene | Hermann Hesse
        Franz Kafka | Milan Kundera | Lautreamont | Marquis de Sade
        Nietzsche | George Orwell | Sartre | Amos Tutuola
        Evelyn Waugh | Oscar Wilde

        The Loving Spirit [Kindle Edition UK] | The Loving Spirit [Kindle Edition US]
        Daphne du Maurier: A Daughter's Memoir [Paperback]

        Daphne Du Maurier Film Adaptation Dvds @ Amazon.com | Daphne Du Maurier Posters | Photos
        Daphne Du Maurier Photos @ Allposters.com




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        Selected Books
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        1. THE LOVING SPIRIT , 1931
        2. I'LL NEVER BE YOUNG AGAIN, 1932
        3. THE PROGRESS OF JULIUS, 1933
        4. GERALD: A PORTRAIT, 1934
        5. JAMAICA INN, 1936
        6. THE DU MAURIERS, 1937
        7. REBECCA, 1938
        8. HAPPY CHRISTMAS, 1940
        9. REBECCA, 1940 (play)
        10. COME WIND, COME WEATHER, 1941
        11. FRENCHMAN'S CREEK, 1941
        12. HUNGRY HILL, 1943
        13. SPRING PICTURE, 1944
        14. THE YEARS BETWEEN, 1944 (play)
        15. LONDON AND PARIS, 1945
        16. THE YEARS BETWEEN, 1945
        17. THE KING'S GENERAL, 1946
        18. HUNGRY HILL, 1947 (screenplay with Terence Young and Francis Crowdy)
        19. SEPTEMBER TIDE, 1948 (play)
        20. SEPTEMBER TIDE, 1949
        21. THE PARASITES, 1949
        22. THE YOUNG GEORGE DU MAURIER, 1951 (ed.)
        23. MY COUSIN RACHEL, 1951
        24. THE APPLE TREE, 1952
        25. MARY ANNE, 1954
        26. EARLY STORIES, 1954
        27. THE SCAPEGOAT, 1957
        28. THE BREAKING POINT, 1959
        29. THE INFERNAL WORLD OF BRANWELL BRONTĖ, 1960
        30. THE TREASURY OF DU MAURIER SHORT STORIES, 1960
        31. CASTLE D'OR, 1962 (with Arthur Quiller-Couch)
        32. THE GLASS BLOWERS, 1963
        33. THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON, 1965 - Kotkan lento
        34. VANISHING CORNWALL, 1967
        35. THE HOUSE ON THE STRAND, 1969
        36. NOT AFTER MIDNIGHT, 1971
        37. RULE BRITANNIA, 1972
        38. GOLDEN LADS, 1975
        39. THE BREAKTHROUGH, 1976 (television play)
        40. THE WINDING STAIR: FRANCIS BACON, HIS RISE AND FALL, 1976
        41. ECHOES FROM THE MACABRE, 1976
        42. GROWING PAINS: THE SHAPING OF A WRITER / MYSELF WHEN YOUNG, 1977
        43. FOUR GREAT CORNISH NOVELS, 1978
        44. THE RENDEZVOUS, AND OTHER STORIES, 1980
        45. THE "REBECCA" NOTEBOOK, AND OTHER MEMORIES, 1981
        46. CLASSICS OF THE MACABRE, 1987
        47. MY COUSIN RACHEL, 1990 (play, ed. by Diana Morgan)
        48. ENCHANTED CORNWALL, 1992
        49. DAPHNE DU MAURIER: LETTERS FROM MENABILLY, 1994 (ed. by Oriel Malet)


        Daphne Du Maurier Books - © Estate of Daphne Du Maurier
        Recommended Reading: My Cousin Rachel (Virago Modern Classics)



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        Dont Look Now Dvd

        Dvd Must See:
        Nicolas Roeg's Visionary Version of Daphne Du Maurier's Don't Look Now (1973) [DVD] Now @ Amazon.co.uk

        The city, the love scene, the script... the redness.


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