Enchanted Cornwall: Her Pictorial Memoir

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a memoir that appealingly unites text and photographs of her much-loved Cornwall, British author du Maurier, who recently died at age 82, writes in the richly imaginative style that has distinguished her novels: Frenchmen's Creek , Rebecca , Jamaica Inn et al. Heightening du Maurier's impressions of place, Wright's crisp color plates show the sites that inspired the writer to create romance, mystery and terror. Also provided are maps to the wild woods, decayed buildings and great houses traversed here. We learn many tidbits--for example, that Menabilly, the Cornwall home in which the writer lived with her husband and children, was the model for Manderley in My Cousin Rachel . The book is a treasure for du Maurier fans. (Feb.)
Library Journal
More than just a memoir, this is a history of du Maurier's love affair with Cornwall. In this last work, completed just before her death in April 1989, she interrupts a sketchy outline of her life with passages from such works a Frenchman's Creek, Jamaica Inn, and Rebecca to show the influence of the rugged mythical landscape on her imagination and storytelling. In addition, appropriate pictures of the countryside, harbors, and buildings are included to further convey the mystical quality of the area. The effect is less than successful, however. The text shifts abruptly from exposition to the excerpted passages, leaving the reader confused. While it is interesting to know the source of du Maurier's inspiration, the book leans too heavily on these selections.--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718133269
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 12.16 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Daphne du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier
The Cornish coast had probably never seemed so ominous until Daphne du Maurier set her pen to it. Playing up the isolated, somewhat wild patches of the area she called home, du Maurier created gothic stories tinged by both romance and horror -- most famously with her tale of the ultimate nightmare ex-wife, Rebecca.

Biography

Daphne du Maurier, who was born in 1907, was the second daughter of the famous actor and theatre manager-producer, Sir Gerald du Maurier, and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the much-loved Punch artist and author of Trilby and Peter Ibbetson. After being educated at home with her sisters, and then in Paris, she began writing short stories and articles in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. Two others followed. Her reputation was established with her frank biography of her father, Gerald: A Portrait, and her Cornish novel, Jamaica Inn. When Rebecca came out in 1938 she suddenly found herself to her great surprise, one of the most popular authors of the day. The book went into thirty-nine English impressions in the next twenty years and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

There were fourteen other novels, nearly all bestsellers. These include Frenchman's Creek (1941), Hungry Hill(1943), My Cousin Rachel (1951), Mary Anne (1954), The Scapegoat (1957), The Glass-Blowers (1963), The Flight of the Falcon (1965) and The House on the Strand (1969). Besides her novels she published a number of volumes of short stories, Come Wind, Come Weather (1941), Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1952), The Breaking Point (1959), Not After Midnight (1971), Don't Look Now and Other Stories (1971), The Rendezvous and Other Stories (1980) and two plays The Years Between (1945) and September Tide (1948). She also wrote an account of her relations in the last century, The du Mauriers, and a biography of Branwell Brontë, as well as Vanishing Cornwall, an eloquent elegy on the past of a country she loved so much. Her autobiography, Growing Pains, appeared in 1977 and The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories in 1981. Her books have translated well to the cinema. Sir Laurence Olivier starred in the filmed version of Rebecca, and Jamaica Inn, Hungry Hill and Frenchman's Creek have also been notable successes; as well as The Birds and Don't Look Now, both adapted from a short story.

Daphne du Maurier was made a D.B.E. in 1969. She was married to Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning K.C.V.O., D.S.O. She died in 1989 at her home in Cornwall. Margaret Forster wrote in a tribute to her, "No other popular novelist has so triumphantly defied classification as Daphne du Maurier. She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction and yet satisfied too the exacting requirements of ‘real literature', something very few novelists ever do."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Daphne du Maurier Browning (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 13, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      April 19, 1989

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