Daphne du Maurier - WikipediaIn an Englishwoman — bright and bored and drowning in children — sat down and sketched out a story. Something happens. The novel inspired the film adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock, spinoffs and a line of watches. It even found admirers on both sides of the war: Neville Chamberlain took his copy with him when he flew to Munich to meet Hitler, and the Germans, in turn, fashioned a cryptogram from the text. But to women — some women, my kind of women — this book is something more, not merely beloved or popular but foundational. What begins as a taste for her twisty plots, briny wit and bracingly bleak view of marriage becomes an addiction and one that can withstand some very purple prose.
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Make Your Own List. Daphne du Maurier is one of the most overlooked writers of the twentieth century, says Oxford University's Laura Varnam. Interview by Stephanie Kelley. She can be found on twitter lauravarnam. Before we start talking about Daphne du Maurier books, I wonder if we might start with a simple question: who was Daphne du Maurier? So her career spans a wide temporal range across the twentieth century. But in my own five choices of Daphne du Maurier books, I wanted to showcase the wide range of styles and genres in which du Maurier wrote.
The best Daphne Du Maurier books (other than, of course, Rebecca), Rebecca and the big Cornish novels: My Cousin Rachel, Frenchman's Creek, Jamaica Inn. But in my own five choices of Daphne du Maurier books, I wanted to showcase.
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Rebecca tells the story of an unnamed protagonist and her encounter and troubled marriage with Maxim de Winter. The novel contains a range of literary elements from romance to horror, which offers something for every taste. The novel represents a unique blend of a Cinderella story combined with psychological realism and is considered a major landmark in Gothic romance in the 20th century. The narrative is centered on the disabled farmer Nat Hocken and his attempts at defending his family from the hordes of aggressive birds that seek to invade his cottage. Few authors have managed to create such an increasingly menacing atmosphere which ultimately results in an unimaginable catastrophe.
Born into a prosperous, creative family, the young Daphne was initially educated at home and later at school in Paris. Du Maurier's literary ambitions were encouraged from an early age by her father, the actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Her first story was published when she was still a teenager, and she never pursued any other career than that of a writer. Manderley, the famous Gothic mansion in which Rebecca is set, was inspired by Menabilly, the house on the Cornish coast where Du Maurier lived for 26 years. In , when she was evicted from the house by its hereditary owners, the Rashleigh family, she moved into its dower house, Kilmarth.