Daphne du Maurier


Born
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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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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October 2014 Revisit the Shelf Poll

1818, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 273 pages
 
  26 votes, 14.9%

1860, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages
 
  23 votes, 13.1%

 
  21 votes, 12.0%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 227 pages
 
  15 votes, 8.6%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.0%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 355 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.0%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.9%

 
  12 votes, 6.9%

1897, Dracula by Bram Stoker, 488 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

 
  10 votes, 5.7%

1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.0%

 
  6 votes, 3.4%

 
  4 votes, 2.3%

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