Daphne Du Maurier
was born in
Her first book, The Loving Spirit,
was published in 1931 and received rave reviews. It was thanks to this book
that she met her future husband, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Arthur Montague
Browning II, or 'Boy' as he was known. He sailed to Fowey to meet the author of
The Loving Spirit, a book he greatly admired, they
fell in love and were married in 1932 at
Daphne continued writing, Jamaica Inn, published in 1936, was inspired by a visit at the famous tavern on Bodmin Moor. She went riding and got lost on the moors, she managed to find her way back and wrote the story soon after about a young woman, Mary Yellen, who goes to live with her aunt Patience and uncle Joss Merlyn. She soon learns about the smuggling which is taking place on the coast and her uncle is the leader. The inn is now a famous visitor attraction dedicated to the story.
Rebecca is without doubt Du Mauriers' most famous novel, the opening line, "Last
night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," sets
the scene and is amongst the most memorable in all literature. Menabilly, the house where Du Maurier
and her family lived was the setting for Manderley.
Frenchman's Creek and Hungry Hill followed before My Cousin Rachel in
'Boy' died in 1965 and soon after
Daphne moved from Menabilly to Kilmarth
which was to be the setting for The House on the
Du Maurier also published many short stories, plays and biographies, The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, the brother of Charlotte, Anne and Emily, in 1960. Her biography of Francis Bacon in 1976 and her autobiography, Growing Pains, was published when she was 70. Many short stories have been published including Not After Midnight, Don't Look Now and The Birds, all of which have been made into successful films as have most of her novels, the most famous being Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock.
Daphne Du Maurier
died on April 19, 1989 at Par in
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