"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)
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Daphne du Maurier and Rhododendrons at Menabilly
A roundup of the information and news that we bring you month by month:
We shared a picture of Truro Library's library in a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween. See here.
We told you the true story of May Sarton, who trespassed in the Menabilly woods in 1936, just as Daphne du Maurier did during the late 1920s and 30s and discovered the wonders of that magical estate and the sleeping house, Menabilly. To read more, please click here.
Carmen Callil died this month, and we remembered her and all that she achieved for women writers and published. She was a truly remarkable woman and will be sadly missed.
October was an unusually quiet month for information and news about du Maurier; however, we did bring you news of the next Daphne du Maurier Society of North America event. See here.
Rebecca the Musical has returned to Vienna, with tickets currently on sale through to 25th March 2023. To read more, please click here.
The Daphne du Maurier Society of North America let us know that during October, there was to be a month-long celebration of the films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including The Birds, at the Angelika Film Centre in Dallas.
Haunted Magazine issue number 35 was published and included a super article about Jamaica Inn and its history. To see more, please click here.
Ghosts from the Library: Lost Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, the much-anticipated collection of short stories which included Daphne du Maurier's very early story Terror, was published. To have another look at this article, please click here.
Very sadly, on 8th September, our beloved Queen died. We wrote a short piece to show our respect and love for the wonderful woman who had been our country's monarch and strength for an incredible 70 years. Of course, we then respected a period of mourning, so the website was quiet for a while. Please click here.
Early in September, we shared a beautiful photograph of Ferryside at night with you. Please click here to have another look at it.
On behalf of the Fowey Festival, we announced to you that the Fowey Festival Wall Calendar 2023 is now available. Please click here for details on purchasing this beautiful literary calendar.
Jane Prince shared with us an outstanding paper that she had written for the Arthur Quiller-Couch website. Called, Edwardian Children to Modern Women: The Friendship of Foy Quiller-Couch, Daphne du Maurier, Clara Vyvyan and Oenone Rashleigh, it brings together these four extraordinary women whose friendships lasted from their initial introductions to the end of their lives. To find out more, please click here.
The Helford River and Frenchman's Creek are among the most beautiful areas of Cornwall. We brought you news of a new novel, The Creek by L.J. Ross, which is set in Frenchman's Creek and recommended it as a great summer read. To find out more, please click here.
We brought you news of the sale of Jamaica Inn here.
Chris Main contributed two pieces to the website. The first was Postcard From Howarth, in which he described a visit to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage and discussed Daphne du Maurier's fascination with the Brontë family and her biography of Branwell. To read this article, please click here. His second piece was an excellent review of that biography, The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë. Click here to read the review.
In August, we reminded all those who belong to the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America and their guests about their next event. It takes place on 10th September 2022, when there will be a luncheon and discussion about Daphne du Maurier's short story, A Border-Line Case. We also helped with information about obtaining the text for this story, as some members had struggled to get copies.
At the end of July, we included an article about Daphne du Maurier's short story, The Doll, with a link to The Classic Ghost Stories Podcast run by Tony Walker, who reads the story to you. To read the article, please click here, and to listen to the Podcast, please click here.
We brought news that the wonderful Musical thriller Rebecca, based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, will return to Vienna in September of this year. See here.
Following the success of Dr Serena Trowbridge’s talk at the Fowey Festival in May, we were delighted to publish Serena’s article, on which the talk was based - Reading and Re-Reading Daphne du Maurier: how books change us. To read the article, please click here.
It was, of course, during May that we celebrated both the anniversary of Daphne du Maurier's birth and the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. There are many references to the various festival events that took place, including the Fowey Art Trail and the Fowey Secret Gardens, and especially events of particular relevance to Daphne du Maurier. You can find these on our website's Fowey Festival News Page. Please click here.
The London Library announced their Write and Shine event to celebrate Daphne du Maurier's birthday on 13th May, to read more, please click here.
MarchDates for entering the Fowey Festival Photographic Competition for the Wall Calendar 2023 were extended but have now closed. The judging panel will choose the final twelve photographs, which will be on display at this year's Festival (May 6th – 14th), so that the public can vote for their favourite image. The photograph with the most votes will feature on the calendar's cover.
The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature programme, which takes place from 6th-14th May 2022, was launched. To see the programme and book tickets, please click here. We reviewed the Daphne du Maurier related events here.
Dr Serena Trowbridge made it possible for us to share some of her students' essays on Gothic Literature and the place that Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca takes in the genre. https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=858&nc=2
March began with the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America holding their meeting on the subject of My Cousin Rachel. https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=855&nc=2.
On 28th February, one of the contestants on Mastermind chose the short stories of Daphne du Maurier as her specialist subject and did an outstanding job with her answers, getting all fourteen questions that she had time to answer correct. https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=852&nc=2.
The Daphne du Maurier Society of North America announced their programme of events for 2022.
We begin the year by looking at what du Maurier related anniversaries will be coming along in 2022.
On 13th May 2022, it will be 115 years since Daphne du Maurier was born. As many of you know, Daphne’s first published work was the short story Terror, which appeared in The Bystander magazine on 26th December 1928. She continued writing and publishing until 1987, when her final work, Classics of the Macabre, was published to celebrate her 80th birthday. This book celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2022.
Classics of the Macabre (left), the signed limited edition (right), and an example of the signatures of Daphne du Maurier and the illustrator Michael Foreman in the limited edition (middle)
Enchanted Cornwall was also published before Daphne died. It was a collaboration between her son, Kits Browning, and the writer Piers Dudgeon and included text from Daphne’s Cornish writing.
Daphne met Frederick Browning, known by his colleagues as Boy, and by family as Tommy, when he sailed down to Fowey with his friend John Prescott to see if he could meet the author of The Loving Spirit, which he had just read. Tommy succeeded in his mission on the second attempt, and they were married three months later at St Wyllow Church, Lanteglos by Fowey. So, this is our next significant anniversary as it is 90 years since Daphne and Tommy were married on 19th July 1932.
2022 brings us several other anniversaries relating to the works of Daphne du Maurier. In May 1932, Daphne’s second novel, I’ll Never Be Young Again, was published, making that another 90th anniversary to celebrate. This was a very differently-paced novel compared with the family sage told in The Loving Spirit. It was a contemporary novel, and Daphne drew on her own experiences and observations to write it. It was the first of five novels that she wrote as the male narrator, a device that she used to significant effect. The book tells a story in two halves of a young man’s experiences as he travels and later lives in Paris.
A scarce first UK edition copy of Daphne du Maurier's second novel I'll Never Be Young Again
The books celebrating anniversaries in 2022. This copy of The du Mauriers, while rather fragile, is very special because it belonged to Daphne's cousin John Llewelyn Davies, known as Jack, and later his daughter Henrietta
We must mention that Angela du Maurier died twenty years ago, on 5th February 2002.
She also has three books with anniversaries in 2022. Treveryan, published in 1942, is a novel set in Cornwall and probably one of her best works, so definitely worth reading if you haven’t already. Shallow Waters, the story of a talented young actress who has to choose between her career on stage and her equally promising career as a wife, published in 1952 and Pilgrims by the Way, Angela’s biographical work, based on her visit to the Holy Land, published in 1967.
An image of Angela du Maurier aged about 26, and her three books celebrating anniversaries in 2022
With all these titles celebrating special anniversaries this year, you have immediately got some super choices to add to your 2022 reading lists. What an opportunity to read for the first time or re-read some of Daphne du Maurier's finest work.
Keep an eye on this Home Page, our News Page and the Fowey Festival pages, because we will be adding to them as the year goes by.
Your thoughts and comments are always valuable, and we could not run this website without all of you out there cheering us on, so get in touch by email, via the forum or on Facebook and Twitter.
Daphne and Tommy outside Menabilly
You will find information about Daphne du Maurier's life and work, and her family and associates, on this site. A Forum provides an opportunity for Daphne's readers, followers, admirers, and fans to contribute their views and knowledge, a News Page to keep you up to date with the latest information on people, places, and events connected with Daphne, and much more.
At the top of the page, is a picture of the Gribbin Head, just outside Fowey, a feature of the landscape that was so important to Daphne du Maurier and her writing.
Early in 2020, a new organisation called the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America was formed, with their base in Dallas, Texas. They suggested that we forge links with them, and, with the blessing of the du Maurier Browning family, that is precisely what we did. By joining together, we can promote their events and learn from any discoveries that come about through their meetings. We can also share the knowledge and information that is continually growing on our website. Click here to find out more about them: https://daphnedumauriersociety.org
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the great writer and important literary man of Fowey, was often referred to as Q. Some years ago, the Daphne du Maurier website was approached by The Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Memorial Fund (the Q Fund) asking if we would consider giving him an internet presence. Because of the close links between Daphne du Maurier and Q, we happily agreed to this. So, it was with real pleasure that the du Maurier Browning family and the Daphne du Maurier website welcomed this section to the website dedicated to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Just click here to find out more: https://www.dumaurier.org/sirarthurquillercouch.php
We are always interested in including your articles, news, reviews, and snippets of information on the website. So, come on all you Daphne du Maurier and Q followers, make this your website by getting in touch and sharing what you know.