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 · 318,337 ratings · 16,533 reviews · 170 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.”
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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
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April 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classic Reread

 
  14 votes, 26.4%

1938, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 448 pages
 
  10 votes, 18.9%

 
  6 votes, 11.3%

1726, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 306 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.4%

 
  5 votes, 9.4%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.4%

1895, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, 118 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.5%

1818, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 251 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.8%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.9%

1957, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.9%

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