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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Oct 30, 2012 06:43PM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I've just finished reading the biography of Du Maurier by Margaret Forster. I'll post my review and a link shortly. Forster maintains that Du Maurier has 3 novels which belong in the canon: Rebecca, The House on the Strand and The Scapegoat. To these I would add My Cousin Rachel. She also has some outstanding short stories. (The Birds of course is based on her story). I plan to read all four of these and I'll post a list of all of her works as well and see which ones we want to venture into of those...Some are well worth it--perhaps all of them are--but many are flawed and/or of less interest. She also did a lot of nonfiction work, history, combined with fiction.


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Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Jessica, how about we post a comprehensive list of her oeuvre just for info sake?

I don't mind doing it if you prefer me to do it.


message 3: by Jessica (last edited Sep 27, 2012 05:52PM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Works of Daphne Du Maurier (with first publication)

NOVELS
The Loving Spirit, 1931
I'll Never Be Young Again, 1932
The Progress of Julius, 1933
Jamaica Inn, 1936
Rebecca, 1938
Come Wind, Come Weather, 1940
Frenchman's Creek, 1941
Hungry Hill, 1943
The King's General, 1946
The Parasites, 1949
My Cousin Rachel, 1951
Happy Christmas, 1953
Mary Anne,
The Scapegoat, 1957
Castle Dor, 1962 (w/Arthur Quiller-Couch)
The Glass Blowers, 1963
The Flight of the Falcon, 1965
The House on the Strand, 1969
Rule Britannia, 1972

SHORT STORIES
The Apple Tree
The Breaking Point
Not after Midnight
Echoes from the Macabre, 1976
The Rendezvous and Other Stories, 1980
The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, 1981
Classics from the Macabre, 1987
Don't Look Now

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIR
Gerald
The Du Mauriers
The Eternal World of Branwell Bronte
Golden Lads
The Winding Stair
The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, 1981
Myself When Young, The Shaping of a Writer, 1977

TRAVEL
Vanishing Cornwall (with photographs by her son, Christian Browning)

PLAYS
The Years Between
September Tide


message 4: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Loooong ago I read "The Parasites" which I recall as having a (vague) incest theme, which can be hot, but it seemed to offend her fan base.


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I haven't read that one but her father was very attracted to her and while there was no actual incest--doesn't appear so, anyway--she was interested in exploring that theme. Will have to read it.


message 6: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook And I'll sleuth same for a reread.


message 7: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Thanks, Jessica! Now all we need is a link to that review of yours. :)


message 8: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments First, I need to write it ;-)

(this weekend).


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Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Have added genre to this list. I have to look up a few. As you can see: countless novels, a few plays, much nonfiction and many short stories.


message 10: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Jessica wrote: "First, I need to write it ;-)

(this weekend)."


Ha, ok! So atm. it's still a ghost review. Well, the pressure is on now...


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Traveller wrote: Ha, ok! So atm. it's still a ghost review. Well, the pressure is on now..."

all too true!

:)


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Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Btw, just got her book of stories, 'Don't Look Now,' out of the library. Was pleased to see so many titles by her on their shelves.


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Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Jessica wrote: "Btw, just got her book of stories, 'Don't Look Now,' out of the library. Was pleased to see so many titles by her on their shelves."

Yes, i own that one. Actually i own a lot of her work, but haven't read them all yet, so i'm not too sure if that is one i've already read, but i do remember loving the collection called The Blue Lenses and Other Stories


message 14: by Jessica (last edited Sep 20, 2012 01:53PM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments funny, that one's not on the list above. Wonder when it came out. I'll take a look


message 15: by Sketchbook (last edited Sep 20, 2012 09:21PM) (new)

Sketchbook A group read that can have the unexpected react is an oddity in canon. I suggest "The Parasites." (D's short story,"Dont Look Now," was also made into interesting film...Julie Christie-Donald Sutherland-1973-dir by Nick Roeg) ~ Point is to select a work that kums w no 'pre-conceived' notions. I dont wanna hear anymo Theories on Jane Austen unless they BUST open ev'thing we think we know.


message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Just read 'Don't Look Now,' a fine short story. I'll look for the film (I like Roeg). I'd be up for reading 'The Parasites.' Would like to read more of her 'canonical' work too, but will continue to do that on my own.


message 17: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Good. Im wanna pursue "Para." Btw, it's time for another of yr visits (soon) to NYC, I hope.


message 18: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments you're right! I'll let you know when I can get there!


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments If anyone wants to redo the list I've posted--in terms of grouping her works into genres--novels, stories, plays, nonfiction, please feel free!


message 20: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Jessica wrote: "If anyone wants to redo the list I've posted--in terms of grouping her works into genres--novels, stories, plays, nonfiction, please feel free!"

Well... would you feel offended if i do a post with them all sorted into groups? I feel i need to ask first; after all, it is your thread and you already went to the trouble of posting a bibliography.

I'm afraid i do have a touch of OCD and wouldn't mind posting a 'sorted' list though... :P


message 21: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Traveller, that would be great, I should have had you do it in the first place. And if you could put it as the first or second message, that would be really great.
thank you!


message 22: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments just ordered a copy of The Parasites, Sketch..2nd hand, will let you know when I get it and start it--


message 23: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Vibes : I spent time (Sat) at the Strand (alas, when it's packed), but they have no copy. So will order, too. (If MJ is reading : I cant make my commas behave).


message 24: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Oops, i forgot about that list...-will get on it shortly!


message 25: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Here's my review of Forster's biography:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


(hot off the press :)


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Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I didn't realize 'Rebecca' is a musical, or trying to be, on Broadway. Apparently there's a mystery surrounding a vanishing investor:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/09/25...


message 27: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Show started in Eur. Doomed to fail here.


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments sounds like it from the article...but why do you say that?


message 29: by Sketchbook (last edited Sep 25, 2012 07:44AM) (new)

Sketchbook It's a terrible idea & has no worthy music credits attached. (NYT article suggests much sleaze involved, too).


message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments yes, it did sound sleazy


message 31: by Sketchbook (last edited Sep 26, 2012 05:07AM) (new)

Sketchbook Daphne Du dramatized her own version of "Rebecca" that lasted on Bwy for 20 perfs in 1945. Diana Barrymore played the 2d Mrs de Winter. [A curious bit of trivia that I picked up in Shubert Alley.]


message 32: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Am so enjoying her stories: "Don't Look Now," "The Breakthrough," "Not After Midnight" so far. A bewitching storyteller.


message 33: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Very excited. A copy of Don't Look Now, a NYRB edition with an introduction by Patrick McGrath (someone else I've read a lot of, I almost qualify as a McGrath completist). Stories included, apart from the title story: "The Birds," "Escort," "Split Second," "Kiss Me Again, Stranger," "The Blue Lenses," "La Sante-Vierge," "Indiscretion," and "Monte Verita."

Sketch: Parasites hasn't arrived yet. This one got here first.


message 34: by Jessica (last edited Sep 30, 2012 04:32AM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments from McGrath's intro.: "...in her many short stories--there were five collections published between 1940 and 1971--she explored a darker, sexier, more diverse and fantastical fictional landscape than she did in her novels, which despite their gothic atmosphere and distinctly weird touches--think of the evil albino clergyman in Jamaica Inn, for example--stayed faithful to a genre template and largely ended well.
In the stories du Maurier was not at all wedded to a happy outcome, and employed a sophisticated range of narrative techniques designed to sustain tension and deliver shocking endings. She was also tantalizingly inconclusive at times, demanding of her readers that we devise for ourselves explanations for the uncanny events she describes. Her imagination is liberated in the short story, where brilliant flashes of originality, pessimism, and even perversity are to be glimpsed."


message 35: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments McGrath has this to say about the film version of The Birds: "...du Maurier was extremely displeased with the result. It is not hard to see why. Hitchcock shifted the action from rugged, windswept, British cliffs to placid Sonoma County, and invented a sophisticated plot involving a couple from San Francisco caught in a bizarre Oedipal struggle with a dreadful controlling mother. Du Maurier's original tale was far bleaker, far more naturalistic, and as a result, far more powerful."


message 36: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Ah, i see The Blue Lenses and Other Stories is simply a repeat of The Breaking Point- it's essentially the same collection.


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I think her stories have been repackaged many times (probably for further sales). The McGrath/NYRB edition of Don't Look Now only has one story in common (the title story, natch) w/ the original Doubleday edition I just finished reading. Entirely different books.


message 38: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 81 comments Strange. That makes it harder to list them. Oh well.

..and thanks for ordering the list. :)


message 39: by Sketchbook (last edited Oct 02, 2012 05:12PM) (new)

Sketchbook Message #35 : Spoto's Hitch bio reports that he read "in the Santa Cruz newspaper of yet another bird invasion..hedline > "Sea Bird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes" <. This was in NoCal. Spoto: "Since there was no plot or character development in the DdM short story, he would have to have someone - preferably a novelist - provide these qualities." Evan Hunter wrote the script.~~ Hitch had a controlling Mum and he also used one to great effect in "Notorious."


message 40: by Jessica (last edited Oct 05, 2012 05:35AM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments more about the collapse of Rebecca on Bway (the mystery financing/financier):

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors in Manhattan recently opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of “Rebecca,” a gothic mystery based on the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, several people with knowledge of the inquiry have said. They have interviewed the lead producer, Ben Sprecher, at length, but the focus of their inquiry is unclear."
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/nyr...


message 41: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook This is rather like the plot to "The Producers."


message 42: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Btw, has anyone read of late DdMs "Jamaica Inn" ? Reviewing the Hitch film, 1939, GG wrote : "This passionate, full-blooded yarn could only have been conceived by a young authoress of considerable refinement." (Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Robt Newton, Emlyn Williams, Leslie Banks. GG: "I was irresistibly reminded of an all-star charity matinee").


message 43: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I haven't read it and I'm intrigued to--


message 44: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Tippi talks (of The Birds). I didn't realize Hitch was SUCH a letch and I didn't know she was Melanie Griffith's mother:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/mag...


message 45: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook By the 1960s he'd become a bit looney and he lost it w Tippi. His sex life was fantasy.


message 46: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments sounds like his wife put up with a great deal.


message 47: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook 2 pervs in a pod. Luvit.


message 48: by Jessica (last edited Oct 08, 2012 08:22AM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments 2 pervs in a pod
Love that!


message 49: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Inquiry finds that 4 Rebecca investors did not exist (the saga continues):

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/201...


message 50: by Mala (last edited Oct 12, 2012 06:54AM) (new)

Mala | 19 comments Jessica wrote: "sounds like his wife put up with a great deal."

Well,I read Charlotte Chandler's biography of Hitchcock & it seems he was a sexually repressed character. He was very conscious of his looks or rather lack of it & was devoted to his wife (perhaps,because of it!) He was always fond of his heroines esp.the blonde ones but with Tippy,things really turned ugly. All that repression was taking its toll perhaps & his movies also became more & more sadistic in their treatment of women,remember the potato van scene in Frenzy?


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