Daphne du Maurier


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in London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
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: 4.15 · 630,566 ratings · 41,706 reviews · 262 distinct worksSimilar authors
Rebecca

4.23 avg rating — 474,713 ratings — published 1938 — 497 editions
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My Cousin Rachel

3.98 avg rating — 40,445 ratings — published 1951 — 53 editions
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Jamaica Inn

3.88 avg rating — 33,284 ratings — published 1936 — 160 editions
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Frenchman's Creek

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3.95 avg rating — 13,493 ratings — published 1941 — 108 editions
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The House on the Strand

3.84 avg rating — 9,837 ratings — published 1969 — 26 editions
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The Birds and Other Stories

4.05 avg rating — 8,159 ratings — published 1952 — 82 editions
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The Scapegoat

3.97 avg rating — 6,654 ratings — published 1957 — 90 editions
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The Birds

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Don't Look Now and Other St...

3.82 avg rating — 6,109 ratings — published 1940 — 72 editions
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“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.”
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

Polls

November 2015 Short Story Poll

1933, The Red Pony by John Steinbeck, 120 pages
 
  37 votes, 26.2%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  32 votes, 22.7%

 
  19 votes, 13.5%

 
  16 votes, 11.3%

 
  13 votes, 9.2%

1971, Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier, Title Story Only 130 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.4%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  7 votes, 5.0%

 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1979, Field Work by Seamus Heaney, 66 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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