Review of "Daphne Du Maurier"

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"Daphne Du Marier A Great English Writer"


Daphne was born in London in the year 1907 on the the 13th May.. Her parents were in the theatre world and many of the connections that she had made helped her writing career. She was the second daughter of Gerald Du Maurier and Mauriel Beaumont. During her upbringing she was introduced to many of the brightest stars of the stage which was thanks to her Father and Mother who was an actress and was called Muriel Beaumont.
She had an older sister who also wrote her name was Angela Du Maurier .

Her earlier works were published in Beaumont’s Bystander Magazine and the first novel was Loving Spirit got published in 1931.
She wrote Romantic Suspense novels and the setting for them is in Cornwall.

The novels which I enjoyed the most would be Rebecca and Jamaica Inn.
These are her other books which you can see she has written so many of and I have listed most of them if not all of them. Her books you can really get into and have a good read. I like the way that she writes and very descriptive in parts. I like the way she includes Cornwall as I am also fond of the place as well and have expericinced many happy holidays there with my family.

The Loving Spirit (1931)
I'll Never Be Young Again (1932)
The Progress of Julius (1933)

Jamaica Inn (1936)
Rebecca (1938)
Come Wind, Come Weather (1940)
Castle d'Or (1940) (with Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch)
Frenchman's Creek (1941)
Hungry Hill (1943)
Spring Picture (1944)
The King's General (1946)
The Parasites (1949)
My Cousin Rachel (1951)
Mary Anne (1954)
The Scapegoat (1957)
The Glass Blowers (1962)
The Flight of the Falcon (1965)
The House on the Strand (1968)
Don't Look Now (1971)
Rule Britannia (1972)

Duet (1968)
Four Great Cornish Novels (1978)
The Birds / Don't Look Now (1997)
Three Great Novels (2010)

The Apple Tree (1952)
The Birds: And Other Stories (1952)
Happy Christmas (1953)
Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1953)
Early Stories (1954)
The Breaking Point (1959)
The Treasury of du Maurier Short Stories (1960)
The Blue Lenses: And Other Stories (1970)
Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories (1971)
Don't Look Now and Other Stories (1971)

The Rendezvous: And Other Stories (1980)
Split Second: And Other Stories (1981)
Don't Look Now and Other Echoes from the Macabre (1985)
Daphne Du Maurier's Classics of the Macabre (1987)
Birds of Prey: Seven Sardonic Stories (2010) (with Julian Barnes, Richard Burton, Christopher Ondaatje, Edgar Allan Poe and Salman Rushdie)

Non fiction
Gerald: A Portrait (1935)
The Du Mauriers (1937)
The Young George du Maurier: A Selection of Letters, 1860-67 (1952) (see George Du Maurier)
The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte (1960)
Vanishing Cornwall (1967)
Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon and their friends (1975)
The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall (1976)
Myself When Young: The Shaping of a Writer (1977)

Rebecca Notebook: And Other Memories (1980)

Anthologies containing stories by Daphne Du Maurier
Tales of the Supernatural (1962)
Stories of Suspense (1963)
The Masque of the Red Death: And Other Tales of Horror (1964)
The Others (1969)
The 5th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1970)
Great British Short Stories (1974)
A Little Night Reading (1974)
The Ghost's Companion (1975)
The 12th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1976)
Sixty-Five Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979)
Black Water (1984)
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984)
Shadows of Fear (1992)
Ghost Movies: Famous Supernatural Films (1995)
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995)
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998)
Mistresses of the Dark: 25 Macabre Tales by Master Storytellers (1998)

Short stories
The Escort (1940)

The Apple Tree (1952)

The Birds (1952)

Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1952)

Monte Verita (1952)

The Old Man (1952)

Split Second (1952)

The Blue Lenses (1959)

The Chamois (1959)

The Pool (1959)

The Breakthrough (1966)

Don't Look Now (1966)

A Border-Line Case (1971)

Not After Midnight (1971)

The Way of the Cross (1971)

The Little Photographer

She was married to Lieutenant General Sir Frederick “Boy” Browning. They had two daughters and a son. There names are Tessa, Flora & Christian. Her marriage was not always plan sailing and she was on occasions a little distant with her children particularly when she was absorbed in her writing.

Her son Christian died in 1965 and very soon after she had moved to Kilmarth near Par. This became the setting for another of her books. This book was called “The House on the Strand.

She did not mix with people very often and was like a recluse and kept herself mainly to herself and very rarely gave any public interviews..

A Bridge too Far which was a film got released it was to show that her husband was not as perfect and showed him in not very flattering light at all which Daphne was not too pleased about and complained to the newspapers and thought unforgivable.

The few public appearances that she did make many of the people who saw her remembered her as a very warm and humorous person to be with and a very good hostess to her guests when she did entertain on rare occasions at Menabilly.This was the house that she did lease from the Rashleigh family for a great number of years in Cornwall.

In the year 1969 she was persuaded to attend the Queens Birthday Honours which was in June. She was awarded the Dame of the British Empire after the event she left quietly to avoid the media and press.

She was a member of the Cornish Nationalist Pressure Group.

Daphne died at the great age of 81 in Cornwall., her body was cremated and the ashes were scattered at Kilmarth.

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  • hillhead published 23/04/2010
    Good info thanks.
  • MEL0611 published 21/04/2010
    Well covered x
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    Nice work, well written.
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