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The Du Mauriers

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Spanning nearly three quarters of a century, THE DU MAURIERS is the enthralling saga of a family of artists and speculators, courtesans and military men. From England to Paris and back again their fortunes vacilated as wildly as did their ambitions. Mary Anne Clarke, a fading beauty with a scandalous past, now exiled and obliged to live by her wits. Ellen, her daughter, re ...more
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Published 1974 by Avon Books (first published 1937)
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The Du Mauriers by Daphne du MaurierRoots by Alex HaleyFrom Generation to Generation by Bettijane Long EisenpreisPreserve Your Family Pictures by Amber RichardsFamily Romance by John Lanchester
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Peter Herrmann
Aug 22, 2015 Peter Herrmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brings the epoch and her forbears to life, vividly. The final pages are very moving. This continues her family biography from where 'The Glass Blowers', similarly a family history, leaves off. 'The Du Mauriers' is more limited in scope because the focus is entirely on the family, and barely touches the general events of the era (19th century), whereas 'The Glass Blowers' is as much about the events of the era (pre-Napoleonic to post-Napoleonic) as on the family personages. Great drama and clarit ...more
Octavia Cade
It's difficult to assign a genre to this, but my instinct is to ascribe it to historical fiction. It's often put under non-fiction, and biography, but these stories of her ancestors are really quite fictionalised, it seems to me - in their thoughts and emotions and so on. Just because a story's about a historical personage doesn't make it strictly biographical, I think. Certainly the biographies I read tend to have more of the reference about them.

Either way, it's an interesting read. The family
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Dils AB
Oct 17, 2013 Dils AB rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographical
A novelization based on Daphne Du Maurier, great grandmother, grandmother and father.

It is more on her grand mother and her father as her great grandmother already have a standalone book on her own. Her great grandmother, Mary Anne Clarke was a mistress to the Duke of York. Her grandfather Louis Mathurin married Mary daughter, Ellen. Louis Mathurin was a dreamer and good for nothing kinda person while Ellen is a person long disillusioned by life due to the exposure she got from her mother world
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Hina Fatima
A family history as suggested by the name with characters brought vividly to life by Daphne Du Maurier. Very interesting at the beginning but it becomes a bit of a drag midway through the book.
Grizel
Feb 13, 2012 Grizel rated it really liked it
A novelized account of DuMaurier's family history, starting with Mary Anne Clarke, mistress of the Duke of York at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The most astounding revelation is that at least three generations of DuMauriers were able to essentially live off the hush money she received: not because it was a lot (at least it doesn't sound like it was)but because three generations of DuMauriers were incapable of gainful employment.
The most depressing part is the story of Aunt Louise. B
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Dottie
Biographical, yes. A clear picture of the DuMauriers, not so much. Wonderfully written for the most part, of course. A great read, no. A perfectly wonderful read for anyone who is a lifelong fan of Daphne Du Maurier, absolutely. Makes the reader more eager than ever to learn more of the fascinating family and their background.
Linda Orvis
May 12, 2009 Linda Orvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
A biography written by Daphne du Maurier when she was famous. The du Mauriers were an artistic, interesting family. Daphne pulls no punches in her biographies, and makes her family believable and human.

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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 int
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