Daphne du Maurier

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Daphne du Maurier


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
May 13, 1907

Died
April 19, 1989

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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 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 first novel
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Average rating: 4.13 · 420,851 ratings · 23,386 reviews · 192 distinct works · Similar authors
Rebecca

4.20 avg rating — 327,701 ratings — published 1938 — 302 editions
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My Cousin Rachel

3.92 avg rating — 19,982 ratings — published 1951 — 127 editions
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Jamaica Inn

3.84 avg rating — 20,340 ratings — published 1935 — 117 editions
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The Birds

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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

November 2014 Revisit the Shelf Classics Poll

1860, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages
 
  21 votes, 15.3%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 238 pages
 
  17 votes, 12.4%

 
  15 votes, 10.9%

 
  13 votes, 9.5%

 
  12 votes, 8.8%

 
  11 votes, 8.0%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.3%

 
  10 votes, 7.3%

 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  7 votes, 5.1%

 
  7 votes, 5.1%

 
  6 votes, 4.4%

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