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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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.”
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“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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Polls

March 2016 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

 
  25 votes, 11.4%

 
  21 votes, 9.6%

 
  19 votes, 8.7%

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 277 pages, 1953
 
  17 votes, 7.8%

 
  17 votes, 7.8%

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 200 pages, 1899
 
  16 votes, 7.3%

1984 by George Orwell, 268 pages, 1949
 
  15 votes, 6.8%

 
  15 votes, 6.8%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages. 1935
 
  14 votes, 6.4%

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 453 pages, 1961
 
  13 votes, 5.9%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1960
 
  11 votes, 5.0%

 
  10 votes, 4.6%

 
  8 votes, 3.7%

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov, 212 pages, 1934
 
  7 votes, 3.2%

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 399 pages, 1937
 
  6 votes, 2.7%

 
  5 votes, 2.3%

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