Authors: Daphne du Maurier

  • Last updated on December 10, 2021

English novelist and short-story writer

Author Works

Long Fiction:

The Loving Spirit, 1931

I’ll Never Be Young Again, 1932

The Progress of Julius, 1933

Jamaica Inn, 1936

Rebecca, 1938

Frenchman’s Creek, 1941

Hungry Hill, 1943

The King’s General, 1946

The Parasites, 1949

My Cousin Rachel, 1951

Mary Anne, 1954

The Scapegoat, 1957

Castle Dor, 1962 (with Arthur Quiller-Couch)

The Glass-Blowers, 1963

The Flight of the Falcon, 1965

The House on the Strand, 1969

Rule Britannia, 1972

Short Fiction:

Come Wind, Come Weather, 1940

Happy Christmas, 1940

The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Some Stories, 1952 (also known as The Birds, and Other Stories and as Kiss Me Again, Stranger: A Collection of Eight Stories)

Early Stories, 1955

The Breaking Point, 1959 (also known as The Blue Lenses, and Other Stories)

The Treasury of du Maurier Short Stories, 1960

Not After Midnight, and Other Stories, 1971 (also known as Don’t Look Now)

Echoes from the Macabre, 1976

The Rendezvous, and Other Stories, 1980

Classics of the Macabre, 1987

Drama:

Rebecca: A Play in Three Acts, pr. 1940 (adaptation of her novel)

The Years Between, pr. 1944

September Tide, pr. 1948.

Nonfiction:

Gerald: A Portrait, 1934

The du Mauriers, 1937

The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, 1960

Vanishing Cornwall, 1967

Growing Pains: The Shaping of a Writer, 1977 (pb. in U.S. as Myself When Young: The Shaping of a Writer, 1977)

The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, 1980

Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship, 1994 (Oriel Mallet, editor)

Edited Texts:

The Young George du Maurier: A Selection of His Letters 1860-1867, 1951

Best Stories of Phyllis Bottome, 1963

Biography

Daphne du Maurier (dew MOHR-ee-ay), born in London in 1907, came from a family deeply involved in the arts. Her grandfather, novelist and artist George du Maurier, wrote the well-known novel Trilby (1894). Her parents were both of the theater; her father, Sir Gerald, was a notable actor and manager.{$I[AN]9810001441}{$I[A]Du Maurier, Daphne[DuMaurier, Daphne]}{$S[A]Maurier, Daphne du;Du Maurier, Daphne}{$S[A]Browning, Lady Daphne;Du Maurier, Daphne}{$I[geo]WOMEN;Du Maurier, Daphne[DuMaurier, Daphne]}{$I[geo]ENGLAND;Du Maurier, Daphne[DuMaurier, Daphne]}{$I[tim]1907;Du Maurier, Daphne[DuMaurier, Daphne]}

The Loving Spirit, du Maurier’s first novel, was published in 1931. It was followed by I’ll Never Be Young Again and The Progress of Julius. Du Maurier’s initial success in the United States was achieved with a series of historical cloak-and-dagger romances, many of which were related from the viewpoint of the belabored heroine. The best remembered of these novels is probably The King’s General. A prolific and compelling storyteller, du Maurier’s other works in this genre include Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek, Hungry Hill, and Mary Anne. She is also the author of the plays The Years Between and September Tide; a biography of her father, Gerald: A Portrait; and The du Mauriers, a semifictional account of her ancestors. Her other works include Happy Christmas and The Parasites.

Rebecca is du Maurier’s best-known work, and it has been widely imitated since its publication in 1938. Its success may be credited to the studied blending of a gothic atmosphere of mystery with the more subtle psychological suspense of a modern thriller. Du Maurier employed this formula in such works as My Cousin Rachel, The Scapegoat, and the story “Kiss Me Again, Stranger.” Film adaptations of du Maurier’s work were enthusiastically received. Jamaica Inn was filmed in 1939, and in 1940, Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, won the Academy Award for best motion picture of the year.

BibliographyAbi-Ezzi, Nathalie. The Double in the Fiction of R. L. Stevenson, Wilkie Collins, and Daphne du Maurier. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. Examines the figure of the double as a trope of mystery and suspense fiction, comparing du Maurier with two of her predecessors in the genres. Bibliographic references and index.Auerbach, Nina. Daphne du Maurier: Haunted Heiress. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Noted critic Auerbach discusses her fascination with du Maurier.Block, Maxine, ed. Current Biography: Who’s News and Why, 1940. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1940. Up close and personal with the novelist at the beginning of her career, including insights into her involvement with the war effort.Breit, H. “Talk with Lady Browning.” The New York Times Book Review, March 16, 1952, p. 25. A glimpse into the character of du Maurier in her maturity.Cook, Judith. Daphne: A Portrait of Daphne du Maurier. London: Bantam Books, 1991. Good insights into the woman and the author.Du Maurier, Daphne. Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship. Edited by Oriel Malet. New York: M. Evans, 1994. A selection of Du Maurier’s correspondence during the middle part of her life.Forster, Margaret. Daphne du Maurier: The Secret Life of the Renowned Storyteller. New York: Doubleday, 1993. A candid, meticulous, and riveting biography, prepared with cooperation of the du Maurier family after du Maurier’s death.Horner, Avril, and Sue Zlosnik. “Daphne du Maurier and Gothic Signatures: Rebecca as Vamp(ire).” In Body Matters: Feminism, Textuality, Corporeality, edited by Avril Horner and Angela Keane. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. A reading of the title character of Rebecca, arguing that she possesses the same traits as do vampires in gothic fiction.Horner, Avril, and Sue Zlosnik. Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity, and the Gothic Imagination. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. An evaluation of du Maurier’s fiction from historical, cultural, geographic, and female gothic literary perspectives.Kelly, Richard Michael. Daphne du Maurier. Boston: Twayne, 1987. A solid introduction to the author’s works. Includes index and bibliography.Leng, Flavia. Daphne du Maurier: A Daughter’s Memoir. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1994. A good biography of du Maurier written by her daughter.
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