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"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)

 

Welcome to the Daphne du Maurier website 

The Daphne du Maurier website wishes everyone a very happy New Year, as we say hello to new readers and welcome back everyone who regularly connects with us through the website and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Daphne du Maurier and Rhododendrons at Menabilly


April

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.

Mike Alexander sent us an article about his meeting with Daphne du Maurier in 1960, see here.

We announced the Fowey Festival fundraiser quiz, which takes place at the Safe Harbour, Fowey, on Tuesday 3rd May, see here and the Fowey Film Club's showing of Hitchock's film of Rebecca on 30th April, see here.

We announced that Ghosts from the Library: Lost Tales of Terror and the Supernatural will be published in September and will include Daphne du Maurier's little known short story, Terror,  read more here.

The Daphne du Maurier Society of North Aerica announced their June event, a movie night.  The film will be the 2017 version of My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.  Read more here.


March

Dates 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 Rachelhttps://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=855&nc=2
Later in the month, they put out a call for speakers for 2023 and 2024.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=859&nc=2

 

February

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.
James Whiteside, a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, New York, wrote an article looking at the case for adapting Daphne du Maurier's most famous novel, Rebecca, into a ballet.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=853&nc=2
Melissa Julianne Severn wrote an article for the website entitled The Ulterior Feminism of Rebeccahttps://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=846&nc=2.
Cornwall Life Magazine published an article about Daphne du Maurier to celebrate the 115th anniversary of her birth.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=847&nc=2
Fowey Festival launched its Photographic Competition to find twelve photographs based on the theme of Literary Landscapes.  The winning pictures will be used as the Fowey Festival 2023 wall calendar.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=845&nc=2
February began with a new television series in the UK on More4 - Britain's Novel Landscapes.  The second week (10th February) brought us a fantastic programme about Daphne du Maurier.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=842&nc=2

 

January

The Daphne du Maurier Society of North America announced their programme of events for 2022.
https://daphnedumauriersociety.org/2022-events
Landscape Magazine published an article about the area from Lostwithiel to Fowey, describing the towns, villages, and countryside along the way, including the history and literary inspiration this area provides, and a piece about Daphne du Maurier.  https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=841&nc=2
Helen Barratt wrote a companion article to her piece on Daphne du Maurier's visit to Platres, Cyprus.  This time she wrote about her visit to the Forest Park Hotel, Platres.  To read her first article - Last night I dreamt I went to Platres again, please click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=187  To read her companion article – Finding Daphne, please click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=193
This month we told you about the launch of the Fowey Festival Young Writers and Artists Competition 2022.  This year the theme is Our Natural Worldhttps://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=839&nc=2

 

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


Other books which celebrate an anniversary this year are The du Mauriers, Daphne’s biography about her ancestors, published in March 1937; the single short story Happy Christmas, published in the UK in December 1942; and The Apple Tree, a collection of short stories published in the UK in August 1952 and later known as The Birds and Other Stories.  In addition, three novels celebrate anniversaries.  The Scapegoat is 65 this year; Castle Dor is 60; Rule Britannia is 50.  Vanishing Cornwall was published 55 years ago, and Growing Pains: The Shaping of a Writer, later known as Myself When Young: The Shaping of a Writer, celebrates its 45th anniversary.  Sometimes a writers work becomes dated and old fashioned, but one of the interesting things about Daphne du Maurier’s writing is that it doesn’t date and is as relevant today as it has always been.  Rule Britannia is an excellent example of this, having gained a considerable resurgence of interest during the Brexit debacle.

 

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


In March 2016 we re-launched the Daphne du Maurier website.  We extend thanks to the du Maurier Browning family for its on-going support and John Baxendale for all his work running the site for so many years.

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.

 

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