Search Results: "Daphne du Maurier"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 1993

"Biography of the most exemplary kind, and, in its own way, as haunting an evocation of a troubled woman as Rebecca itself. (Thirty-three b&w photographs)"
One of those rare biographies of popular icons—in this case, the author of Rebecca—that puts truth-telling ahead of mudslinging or whitewashing. Read full book review >

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DAPHNE DU MAURIER: HAUNTED HEIRESS by Nina Auerbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A valiant but unconvincing effort to resuscitate du Maurier to literary respectability."
Last night I dreamed of . . . a Daphne du Maurier whose works were "startlingly brilliant," peopled with "most unsavory" men and "defective" women, and whose exegesis here is shrouded in literary fog. Read full book review >

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DAPHNE DU MAURIER AND HER SISTERS by Jane Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"In this sensitive group portrait, Dunn (Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens, 2004, etc.) depicts three women struggling to escape Neverland, define for themselves both success and happiness, and hone their own identities."
Love and rivalry among three talented sisters. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE WORLD OF DAPHNE DU MAURIER by Martyn Shallcross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

"Frustratingly slim pickings, even for devoted fans. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A bare-bones biography of the popular British author of Rebecca, etc. Born in 1907, du Maurier, Shallcross tells us, was educated at home. Read full book review >

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THE DU MAURIERS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: April 23, 1937

"Sell to everyone who liked Gerald; and then turn about and sell Gerald to everyone who likes this."
Gerald starts with the marriage of "Kicky" (George) du Maurier. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1971

"Without a doubt all within its shadow."
With Daphne du Maurier you always know where you're at, or do you, since all of these five, long stories deal with supernal manifestations of one kind or another. Read full book review >

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THE SCAPEGOAT by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Feb. 20, 1956

"A sure best seller."
In her role as a spinner of tales, Daphne du Maurier has few equals, and this, which in any other hands would be a fantastically unbelievable yarn, holds the spellbound reader with a mounting conviction that so it might have been. Read full book review >

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MY COUSIN RACHEL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Feb. 11, 1951

"A gifted craftsman and spinner of yarns, Daphne du Maurier excells herself."
This comes closer to Rebecca than anything Miss du Maurier has done and is, I think, one of her best novels, ingeniously contrived as to plot, successfully realized as to characters. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 24, 1975

"Meandering, and truth to tell, a shade dull, but worthwhile as an oblique approach to Francis Bacon's neglected brother and Elizabethan espionage at the slippery edge of power."
Of the two golden lads—the philosopher, essayist and barrister Francis Bacon, and his brother Anthony, sons of Elizabeth I's Lord Keeper—du Maurier is most concerned with the career of Anthony, whose life was anything but golden. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS-BLOWERS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: March 22, 1963

"The author's name will sell a book that may well be below her peak as a storyteller."
Based on another snatch of du Maurier family history, this reaches back to the time of the French Revolution. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 7, 1959

"In this collection, as in The Apple Tree, Daphne du Maurier's peerless craftmanship, her eerie sense of the macabre, her gift for sheer story telling come to full fruition."
A haunting series of stories, in most cases putting it up to the reader to interpret the final outcome — in all cases using the device of the moment in life when emotion or reason reaches the point of tension beyond which something snaps. Read full book review >

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HUNGRY HILL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: June 11, 1943

"It will sell — and rent — on Daphne du Maurier's name, but I cannot see it showing the staying power of Rebecca or even the popular romantic pull of Frenchman's Creek."
A new departure for Miss du Maurier, and one, I am afraid, that will be a disappointment to her readers who have come to expect fast-paced, tense stories of character and action. Read full book review >