Daphne du Maurier

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Daphne du Maurier

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
May 13, 1907

died
April 19, 1989

gender
female

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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles that of a fairy tale. Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor-manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint. She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories. A prestigious publishing house accepted her firs
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Average rating: 4.11 · 308,838 ratings · 16,101 reviews · 173 distinct works · Similar authors
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More books by Daphne du Maurier…
“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”
Daphne du Maurier

“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.”
Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Polls

February Revisit the Shelf classic Poll

1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 279 pages
 
  13 votes, 25.0%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  12 votes, 23.1%

 
  6 votes, 11.5%

1938, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 380 pages
 
  6 votes, 11.5%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.7%

 
  4 votes, 7.7%

1969, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 215 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.7%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.8%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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