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Definition: Du Maurier, Daphne from Philip's Encyclopedia

English novelist. Her romantic novels include The Loving Spirit (1931), Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), Frenchman's Creek (1941), and My Cousin Rachel (1951). She also wrote plays, short stories (including The Birds), and a biography of Branwell Brontë.


Summary Article: Du Maurier, Daphne from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English novelist. Her romantic fiction includes Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), Frenchman's Creek (1942), and My Cousin Rachel (1951), and is set in Cornwall. Her work, though lacking in depth and original insights, is made compelling by her storytelling gift.

Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and her short story The Birds were made into films by the English director Alfred Hitchcock. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.

She was the granddaughter of British cartoonist and novelist George Du Maurier. She wrote a biography of her father, the actor-manager Gerald Du Maurier, in Gerald (1934), and a record of three generations in The Du Mauriers (1937). Other novels include The Loving Spirit (1931), The Parasites (1949), The Glassblowers (1963), The Flight of the Falcon (1965), Rule Britannia (1972), and The Winding Stair (1976). She also published many short stories, some collected in The Breaking Point (1959), Not after Midnight (1971), and The Rendezvous and Other Stories (1980). She also wrote three plays and the non-fiction work The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë (1960).

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