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"Du Maurier's Trilby was the novel sensation of the 1890s. Du Maurier had spent a good deal of his life as a child and later as an art student in Paris; when he turned from his career in journalism and magazine illustration to novel writing he found enormous success with a novel divided as his own life had been between Paris and London. Billee, an English artist living the Bohemian life abroad, meets and falls in love with Trilby, a Parisian model. Differences in social class doom their romance, but Trilby, taught by the mysterious hypnotist
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"Du Maurier's Trilby was the novel sensation of the 1890s. Du Maurier had spent a good deal of his life as a child and later as an art student in Paris; when he turned from his career in journalism and magazine illustration to novel writing he found enormous success with a novel divided as his own life had been between Paris and London. Billee, an English artist living the Bohemian life abroad, meets and falls in love with Trilby, a Parisian model. Differences in social class doom their romance, but Trilby, taught by the mysterious hypnotist Svengali to sing like "some enchanted princess" becomes a famous entertainer. As it turns out, however, her talent and her possession of her own mind have become dependent on Svengali maintaining his spell over her." The name "Svengali" came to be applied to any hypnotist and the image of Svengali carved a lasting place in the popular imagination. Perhaps the most important expression of 1890s Bohemianism, Trilby has also attracted interest in recent years on account of its presentation of hypnosis and split personality, and for the conflicted but often anti-Semitic presentation of the mysterious Svengali.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140434033
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Geboren am 6.3.1834 in Paris; gestorben am 8.10.1896 in London.

Du Maurier wuchs in einem Pariser Vorort auf. Nach einem Kunststudium in Paris zog er nach Antwerpen, wo er auf einem Auge erblindete. 1863 heiratete er eine Engländerin, ging nach London und zeichnete bis 1891 für das Magazin Punch; wegen seines schlechten Sehvermögens zog er sich darauf nach Hampstead zurück und schrieb noch drei Romane.

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    Herr Adler, a Central European (Polish-German-Austrian) Jewish musical genius who calls himself "Svengali" seems to suck the oxygen out of all other characters in TRILBY, George du Maurier's 1894 novel of bohemian artistic life in Paris and London. There have been three feature films made of which only one is called Trilby. The other two are titled Svengali. ...
    Curiously, Svengali is more like some dreadful hurricane which we readers know will someday fall upon the gay bohemian life and destroy the happiness obviously intended for its two young lovers, 17 year old Miss Trilby O'Farrall and naive, hitherto sheltered and home-schooled 20 year old budding Devonshire painting genius William "Little Billee" Bagot. Trilby's parents were both British -- a graduate of Cambridge University and the daughter of a Scottish lawyer who came to work in a Scottish bar in Paris. Trilby's parents are several years dead leaving her to raise a beloved younger brother, Jeanot. ***...

    Her father's educated status makes Trilby prima facie the social equal of Little Billee. But her life style as artist's model, both clad and unclad, coupled with a few light hearted amours disqualify her in the eyes of Billee's mother and uncle from marrying Billee. Nobly, Trilby renounces her engagement, flees with her brother into hiding away from Paris. ***

    Trilby is also loved, after his selfish, cruel fashion, by Svengali. He is an accomplished hypnotist and uses that skill to treat Trilby's blinding headaches. He also uses hypnosis to elevate tone-deaf Trilby to the greatest female voice in Europe. The health of master and puppet decline together and you must read TRILBY to find out for yourself if one dies before the other. ***

    Billee and two British painter friends are always on the lookout for Trilby and detect her identity as La Svengali, the great singer. But, regularly under hypnosis, Trilby does not know her old friends -- at least at first. ***

    Read TRILBY for its depictions of gay, bohemian Paris from around 1857 - 1867. Its first half is one long round of parties, artistic growth and triumph and more or less innocent pleasures. Only gradually does it move toward tragedy as repellant Svengali masters Trilby. Not a bad read at all! -OOO-

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