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This is an auction for DAPHNE: A PORTRAIT OF DAPHNE DU MAURIER, by Judith Cook. review:

"Daphne du Maurier's background was privileged and wealthy, her father a noted actor, her grandfather the author of Trilby, which features the original Svengali. Daphne's first three novels were, according to Cook, very flawed. Cook suggests it's unlikely Daphne would have had such an easy time getting her work published if it hadn't been for the du Maurier name. At any rate, Daphne's fourth novel was the thrilling Jamaica Inn, followed by the classic Rebecca. Du Maurier is too often dismissed as a writer of 'romances' - from what I've read of her fiction, only Frenchman's Creek is total froth (but still enjoyable). She herself made the point that she was a story-teller rather than a writer - she had no illusions that her work was high art. Cook's biography provides a good introduction to the life and work of du Maurier. One thing that does stand out is du Maurier's strangely intense relationship with her father, a theme that recurred in her fiction. Although Cook doesn't suggest that the relationship was incestuous, she does think that Daphne was in love with her father. I'm newly inspired to re-read My Cousin Rachel, and seek out The Scapegoat, The House on the Strand, and the semi-fictional work The Glass-blowers. Cook tells us that du Maurier hated most of the screen adaptations of her fiction, with the exceptions of Don't Look Now and Hitchcock's Rebecca. However, she disliked Hitchcock's The Birds, particularly the fact that he set it in America rather than in Cornwall."

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Paperback 1992.

317 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

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