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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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Dils AB
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
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
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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