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As most of you will know this year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of Daphne du Maurier’s most famous novel Rebecca, but did you know that the actual publication day in the United Kingdom was 5th August 1938? Although this very special book is worth celebrating during the whole of 2018, Sunday 5th August is the precise anniversary of the day when Rebecca was published. Of course, nobody knew then that it would become one of the most loved novels of all time, not only in Britain but right across the world, or that it would be produced as a play, a television series and an iconic black and white film, which, like the novel, is as much-loved today as it was back in 1940 when it was made.
To celebrate Rebecca’s anniversary we are publishing, here on the website for you all to read, a very special and interesting article about Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Rebecca for film, written by our very own du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam. You will find the article on our Interesting Facts page, and I can promise you it is a great article and worthy of being our treat to you on the 80th anniversary of Rebecca.
Rebecca has never been out of print and during this 80th anniversary year there is as much interest in it as ever. To celebrate this major literary event Flora Watkins wrote a splendid article all about Rebecca at 80 which was published in Country Life on 30th May. Now that the magazine is out of print we are delighted to be able to bring the article to you via the Daphne du Maurier website. Just go to the Interesting Facts section, click on Rebecca at 80 and then on the link to read the article and see the marvellous photographs that accompany it.
"I walked this land with a dreamer’s freedom and with a waking man’s perception – places, houses whispered to me their secrets and shared with me their sorrows and their joys. And in return I gave them something of myself, a few of my novels passing into the folk-lore of this ancient place."
(from page 7, Enchanted Cornwall, Penguin Group 1989)