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Du Maurier Forum Archive - 2002

I'm wishing everyone a Happy New Year,and here's to Festival 2003-see you ALL in May I hope in loverleeee Cornwall. Much Love, and God Bless us every one (!!)
- Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 23:43:58 (GMT)
We would like to wish everybody a Happy New year, (it can not be as bad as 2002!) Ann & David
David Willmore <>
- Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 17:05:49 (GMT)
I have written the second story of Rebecca and it is a gem. I am in search of a publisher for this story and my book of horror and romance short stories. I love Daphne Du Maurier for this great tale and I believe her spirit guided me in writing my own version of the sequel to the original. Forever Faithful...Johnnetta
Johnnetta C. Taylor <>
- Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 21:31:49 (GMT)
Daphne wrote a novel 'Monte Verità'. I'm studying the history of this mountain since many years and writing a book about its poets. Was Dame Daphne ever on Monte Verità? From where did she get her informations? Can you help me? Many thanks! Hermann Müller, Monte Verità Archives, D-75438 Freudenstein, Germany
Hermann Müller <>
Freudenstein, Germany Baden-Württemberg - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 07:37:28 (GMT)
Daphne wrote a novel 'Monte Verità'. I'm studying the history of this mountain and writing a book about its poets.My question is: Was Dame Daphne ever on Monte Verità? From where did she get her informations? Can you help me? My thanks! Hermann Müller, Monte Verità Archives, D-75438 Freudenstein, Germany
Hermann Müller <>
- Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 07:29:26 (GMT)
I am a long-time lover of du Maurier's books. I am especially interested in collecting all of her short fiction. Can anyone tell me if a listing has been made of her uncollected short fiction? Or has every short story she has written been collected into book form? Thanks. Jesse F. Knight
Jesse F. Knight <>
- Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 23:59:16 (GMT)
She sounds like a brill author though I have never read one of her novels
Kate Trunks
- Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 12:55:45 (GMT)
I am in 7th grade, and we had to choose a book to read thay is a classic. I chose "Rebecca." It seems like a good buck, even though I am only on page 8. I have toread 18 pages a day in order to finish it in 21 days, but it is such a great book that I could end up reading 40 pages a day!
Devyn <>
- Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 23:54:21 (GMT)
In hitchcock's film version of Rebecca, Mrs Van Hopper refers to 'the beautiful Rebecca Hildreth.' As far as I'm aware, she's given no maiden name in Du Maurier's novel (except for de Winter, obviously). Does anybody know why Hitchcock chose the name 'Hildreth' as a surname? The reason I ask is that my girlfriend's name is..... Rebecca Hildreth! Please email me if you have an answer. Thankyou.
Simon <>
- Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 15:08:19 (GMT)
I am doing an english research paper/literary analysis on du Maurier. I am reading Rebecca and The Glass Blowers to help in my work. After researching du Maurier on this website and others I am completely intrigued by her life, her works, and her accomplishments as an author. I had no idea she originally wrote 'The Birds!' It is utterly fascinating. Anyway, I'm still in my first steps of researching and before now I didn't really know much about her. I can't wait to finish reading Rebecca. Critiques show that I should absolutely love it. I'll be curious to see what I think about du Maurier after reading her works of literature and finishing my research. If anyone has any information to offer, even your own opinions, I would be really curious to hear them. Email me anytime. Thanks so much!
Hannah <>
- Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 13:19:15 (GMT)
I am working on a research project about an author of my choice and I am fairly interested in Du Marier's work it would be kind if someone would generously write to me and tell me more about this remarkable woman
Dustyn <>
- Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 20:12:48 (GMT)
Daphne`s my favourite author. Her Rebecca is awesome. When I read it for the first time, I just couldn't take my eyes off the book. It captured me from the first lines. Second time I read was as intersting as the first time. It`s just that none of my friends have heard of her. Write me, I just need to share my feelings and thoughts about her with someone!!!!!
Victoria <>
- Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 22:19:04 (GMT)
I just finished reading Rebecca and one thing bothered me. Mrs. de Winter (the second) was never given a name. Could anyone email me and tell me the significance of this? Is it some sort of symbol?
Crystal R <>
- Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 21:26:47 (GMT)
This is a reply to the student who is looking for a copy of Daphne du Maurier's play "The Years Between". You can get a secondhand copy via the internet, but the prices vary a great deal. I think the best UK site is or there are two metasearch sites which are or, good luck. I hope you find a copy that suits your pocket!
Ann <>
- Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 21:11:37 (GMT)
Hello everyone - struggling MA student who is trying to get hold of 'The Years Between' - a play written by du maurier does anyone know where I can get this - looked on Amazon to no avail! I would be very grateful if anyone could help. Many thanks
- Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 09:48:21 (GMT)
Very good site. For anyone wanting copies of ANY DuMaurier Movie, go to my Website, download the "Want List" Form, fill it out, & snailmail it to me, & I'll contact you back. Worldwide requests honored. Within US Zip Codes, pls. include #10 SASE. For faster ser- vice, you may call me @:1-415-931-3676. San Francisco, CA. RSVP. Thanx.
Sidney P. Bloomberg <none>
- Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 02:50:34 (GMT)
Desde Buenos Aires, República Argentina, beso el puño singular de Dame Daphne du Maurier
Luciano Cescut <>
- Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 14:04:14 (GMT)
Ms Du Maurier's books are the best books I've ever had the chance to read. And also I feel that everyone should have the chance to be captivated by the great works.
Kim Johnson
- Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 17:30:20 (GMT)
Does anyone know how to get a hold of "The Make Believe World of Daphne Du Maurier" video. Thanks!
Julie <>
- Monday, November 18, 2002 at 19:11:48 (GMT)
Does anyone know how to get a hold of "The Make Believe World of Daphne Du Maurier" video. Thanks!
Julie <>
- Monday, November 18, 2002 at 19:11:11 (GMT)
Very interesting site and content. I just surfed in. Cheers James
James <>
- Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 09:12:09 (GMT)
this book was great but I need to know in all the readers opinion who would you say was actually the er?was rachel responsible for the of the 2 men in her life?did she poison them?
girl in need of an answer for her english exam <>
- Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 17:13:08 (GMT)
I have a '38 Book League copy of Rebecca that is in new condition and signed. I would also like to know if she signed some copies, or if this was stamped. It sure doesn't look like a stamp. I read Du maurier's books for enjoyment when I was a teenager, and have enjoyed seeing that young people are also enjoying her books. I feel sorry for the kids who don't want to read anything that is assigned to them, and who are too lazy to try. I've got to admit, though, that I didn't enjoy a book that we HAD to read (Tale of Two Cities), but enjoyed it later in life. Maybe the young whiners are in arrested development.
Nancy <>
- Friday, November 08, 2002 at 23:58:31 (GMT)
Sam - and anyone else interested - I noted while scanning some of the guestbook many people enquiring about the filmed versions of Ms. DuMaurier's works. Just a tip, but there is a place in Los Angeles I have found extremely good at finding almost any video you can imagine. They are noted worldwide and a lot of studios and producers use them to track down elusive videos. It is called Eddie Brandt Video, located at 6310 Colfax in North Hollywood. phone is 818-506-7722. I usually deal with one of the owners named Donovan. They will ship anywhere and are highly regarded. Sheila Mitchell,President, Library Angel,
Sheila Mitchell <>
- Friday, November 08, 2002 at 01:27:09 (GMT)
I happened upon the books Rebecca and Mrs. DeWinter at a garage sale a few months ago. I began reading Rebecca and became increasingly intrigued w/the story... I had only three or four chapters left in the book when I lost it! I haven't been able to find another copy, and have no credit card with which to purchase a copy online. I wan't to begin the second novel, but can't bring myself to until I know how Rebecca ended. If anyone would be willing to help me by letting me know the end, I would very much appreciate it! Thank you!
Juanita <>
- Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 22:53:48 (GMT)
As a life long admirer of Daphne DuMaurier it has been a pleasure to introduce her books to my clients and to highly recommend your website as a link from my own. While I haven't attended the Festival as yet, I hope to have that pleasure soon. Sheila Mitchell President Library Angel
sheila mitchell <>
- Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 19:26:36 (GMT)
MICHELLE KWAN RULES. Hope this helps.
- Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 20:46:22 (GMT)
I need help on writing a book review for the book of "REBECCA". I really need help as soon as possible. If you know you can help me, please write me @ my e-mail. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Martha Jimenez <>
- Monday, November 04, 2002 at 21:47:23 (GMT)
Hello, I have just discovered Daphne du Maurier and she is indeed a wonderful writer. I am teaching her short story Don't Look Now and the film adaptation by Nicholas Roeg within the context of Gothic fiction. I was hoping that before I start my research some Du Maurier experts may be able to piint me in the right direction. can anyone tell me how far Du Maurier's style was consciously influenced by Gothic fiction and which authors she may have read? A new admirer.
Max Fincher <>
- Monday, November 04, 2002 at 20:54:02 (GMT)
As an emigrated Cornishman from Penryn it was very enjoyable to read about Daphne du Maurier and her literary accomplishments.
Roger Goodman <>
- Monday, November 04, 2002 at 02:30:52 (GMT)
I have a big fatty report to do on "The Birds", I read it but need a little help on re-writing it. Could someone please help me?
Erin <>
- Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 06:30:19 (GMT)
im trying to get a summary of thr birds so I can do this stupid report can ne one help me?
umm duh <>
- Monday, October 28, 2002 at 21:44:53 (GMT)
Does anyone know where confrontation would take place in "The Birds"? I have a big packet of english too, but I have eye problems, so I cannot re-read the whole story.
alison <>
- Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 23:02:44 (GMT)
I've been fascinated with Daphne du Maurier's life for years. Recently I read "Myself When Young" about her life that began in Hampstead, London (where I was born and raised) and ended in Fowey when she met her young soldier who then became her husband. It was a thrill to read about her life in Hampstead as well as that in Cornwall. As an adolescent in 1940 I was evacuated to Cornwall to escape the blitz of London. Therefore, my acquaintance with Cornwall is closely linked with Daphne's love of it. I had the opportunity to revisit Cornwall in September this year and went to Fowey, Polruan, etc. What a delightful place! Several times I came across a book which, I believe, was entitled "Daphne du Maurier's Pictorial Views of Cornwall" or something like that. I think the book consisted of photos that she took! Is Menabilly open to the public? I have read Sally Beauman's books but was unaware of her "Rebecca's Tale". I am going to the book store right now to find it. It was good to read of all the enthusiam for du Maurier's life and books. Hooray! and thanks, Josie
Josie Gilpin <>
- Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 17:43:12 (GMT)
I'm intrigued by my own 'WAS magic' in my last entry; later I find myself thinking-the magic that Daphne HAD, has NOT gone. She herself is 'through the gate', but her 'magic' remains. In some sense writers, perhaps any 'artist' doesn't die. What they create bridges the great divide, whether they be writer, artist, sculpture, or even gardener for that matter! I love gardening so I must include it too. Think of Capability Brown and Gertrude Jeakle (spelling?); their magic surely lives on. It's late so I'm feeling philosophical! Am I right, or is it all wishful thinking! Some readers will think I'm just an old 'soak', others might think i'm on the right trak; I wonder where the truth lies! Had thought I ought to delete the above, but its worth saying, to see perhaps what others think! Best Wishes all!
- Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 00:11:06 (BST)
I like to read DAPHNE is a great writter if the best thanks for writing that wonderfull books.
- Friday, October 25, 2002 at 16:58:00 (BST)
Hello Wendi -and everyone, When I read any of the books, Rebecca, Kings General, My Cousin Rachel, House on the Strand, any of them, I 'hear' Daphne du Maurier in my head. I share your enthusiasm Wendi, Daphne really was magic wasn't she? Best Wishes everyone!
- Friday, October 25, 2002 at 00:02:27 (BST)
Hello, everyone! Had to write... just finished "Rebecca's Tale" and I cannot believe how haunting Rebecca is! My mother had me read/watch "Rebecca" back in 10th grade or so, and it hasn't ever left me. I even named out home Manderley, and had a fish in college named Jasper. For all of the young adults out there, please look at the opportunity to "have to read the book for school" as a GIFT! The story will stay with you forever!! And let us know what you thought the overall message of the story is? Good luck!
Wendi <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 21:09:03 (BST)
My Freshman English I text includes du Maurier's "The Birds" in the first unit...imagine the fun I am having as I watch 14- and 15-year-olds discover du Maurier's writing for the very first time!
Jana Stewart <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 17:56:38 (BST)
Laura Percival <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:43:01 (BST)
Laura Percival <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:43:00 (BST)
laura percival is my bested buddy eva
flic <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:42:13 (BST)
just read rebecca. it is really good. couldnt put it down. cant belive max shot rebecca. I am 13. doin reseach on daphne du maurier. good site. fliss xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
flic <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 14:39:42 (BST)
Hi I have read your book My cousin Rachel and I thought it was amazing, I really enjoyed reading it. Daphne is a wonderful writer. Also I am in the middle of Rebecca and I have to answer questions on it next week but I fear I wont have read the book in time so if you could send me a summary that would be delightful!! Thankyou. Loz
Loz <>
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 02:12:19 (BST)
Hi everybody, especially Ann and Sam, after some busy months I am back again. As you perhaps might remember, I visited Cornwall in May and met you, Sam, at the Daphne du Maurier Festival. Presently I am reading "Rebecca's Tale" by Sally Beauman and I must say, I am enthusiastic about it. Greetings from Germany, Brigitte
brigitte adler <>
- Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 12:25:28 (BST)
I would love to know how and where I could buy Jamaica Inn (1982, starring Jane Seymour). Fantastic film and an even better book.
Cheryl Parker <>
- Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 22:09:21 (BST)
Hey! It's me again. Sorry but I wanted to elaborate on what I need exactly. I'd like to know what you think of the novel, the characters, the settings, any similarities about the characters, or this novel to another Du Maurier novel. I have about just over 4 days to have this finised so if please if you all could sned your comments as soon as possible it would help me great deal to get the best marks that I can, and I know that their are alot of you Du Maurier fans out there that have read this novel and appreciated it as much as I did, and also have alot to say about this book. Again thank you all and I hope to get a reply soon. Miss Lidi
Miss Lidi
- Monday, October 21, 2002 at 16:56:45 (BST)
I ahve read the novel Rebecca and found it to be fascinating. It was an excellent novel and watching the movie made it that much better. However I do need some help. I am writting an I.S.P. for my Gr.12 English clas. I need other reader's comment, quotes and/or opinions on this novel to enter into my research. So please if anyone could contact me with their own review for this book I would greatly appreciate it. Thank-you! Miss Lidi
Miss Lidi <>
- Monday, October 21, 2002 at 16:47:51 (BST)
Hi, I am doing an essay on Rebecca and I am hacing trouble finding evidence to support my question. If anyone can help me please email me. Thanks.
Marcus <>
- Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 23:19:46 (BST)
Hello Joyce, I'm From thr north of England, and I too have terrible trouble with THAT name. I have been assured its Tie-wd-reth, but I suspect thats not necessarily the whole story, so 'watch this space'. Best Wishes
- Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 09:23:23 (BST)
Please help this American with the pronunciation of "Menabilly" and "Tywardreath."
Joyce <>
- Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 03:45:19 (BST)
I am currently a final year photography degree student , and am looking to base my degree show on the jamaica inn , I was hoping for some feedback on ideas that I have , all comments greatly accepted. e-mail me at
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- Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 14:59:03 (BST)
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Frankfurt, CA Germany - Monday, October 07, 2002 at 17:43:35 (BST)
Dont know if this belongs here persay but; I have just witnessed one of the worst cases of ageism I have ever seen! My beloved Tea Party concert has been sponsored by those people at DuMaurier. Now I can't get in because I am 14 and there is some kind of law against my presence! Why is the world so cruel? People, please help me, and protest to Massey Hall, DuMaurier and everyone you can find. Tell the world! Drop me a line, Megan, world's youngest and most devoted Tea Party Fan
MJ <>
- Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 17:33:31 (BST)
I think Anna had some very insightful comments (especially if she is only 15 years old). Every time I read Scapegoat, it makes me think really hard about the things that she says and makes me wonder how I would handle the situation. How would someone act if they could truly be themselves and not really worry about what people thought of them? I also never know how a story is going to end. The first time I read Jamaica Inn, I had no idea that it would turn out that way. To me, that is one of the greatest thrillers I have ever read, because it gave me tingles during the scene near the end of the book. (I don't want to give it away for those who haven't read it.)
Jo Frecka
- Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 17:27:02 (BST)
Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite writers. I've read "Echoes from the Macabre" several times. It is a book of these fine short stories: Don't Look Now, The Apple Tree, The Pool, The Blue Lenses, Kiss Me Again Stranger, The Chamois, Not After Midnight, The Old Man, and The Birds. I enjoy her tight prose and exceptional imagination. She's one of the few people on earth that I would have just loved to have met, sat down, and talked for hours and hours. Thank you for this website.
Barry Wood <>
- Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 04:17:18 (BST)
Looking back over our contributions, I'm reminded that I've never tried to discover whether Daphne du Maurier's writing was in any way influenced by other writers. I guess that Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, her friend and mentor would have fallen into this category, but I wonder which others might qualify. Any clues anyone? Best Wishes everybody
- Monday, September 30, 2002 at 07:50:08 (BST)
I have read Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and I LOVE this book!!!!!!!! I come from Slovakia /Bratislava/ and I am only 17, I am only a newcomer to Daphne du Mauriers writing and I think that Daphne du Maurier was a truly talented writer.
valeria <>
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 22:22:14 (BST)
I have read Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Hungry Hill, Don't Look Now, The flight of the Falcon, The Glass-blowers, The Parasites, and am finishing The Scapegoat. I love Ms. du Maurier's writing very much and think she was one of the most talented authors around. She has brought things to my attention that I would have otherwise never seen. Her choice of words is amazing, and I have not yet been able to guess the endings to her stories. I am happy that there is a site for such fans as myself, and I hope someday Ms. du Maurier's books will receive the complete devotion they deserve. --A fifteen year old fan
Anna M. <>
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 04:48:43 (BST)
Sorry!! I pushed the button twice.....||| I,m very sorry!!
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 04:48:06 (BST)
Uhh....... I just read Maurier,s Rebecca. (Revised Chinese Edtion, I will got Original Edtion soon.=V=++) That,s the one of best novels I,ve read. (Even though the noval that I read was Revised Chinese Edtion. But it,s so interesting,too.^_^bb) I want to read more her novel~>V< (Oh~Gosh I forgot my English is so broken..~||| But I will try my better to study them~!!)
Lin <>
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 04:14:46 (BST)
Uhh....... I just read Maurier,s Rebecca. (Revised Chinese Edtion, I will got Original Edtion soon.=V=++) That,s the one of best novels I,ve read. (Even though the noval that I read was Revised Chinese Edtion. But it,s so interesting,too.^_^bb) I want to read more her novel~>V< (Oh~Gosh I forgot my English is so broken..~||| But I will try my better to study them~!!)
Lin <>
- Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 04:11:01 (BST)
Just another quick note about the book review for Hungry Hill. With our webmaster, Johns, help I have been able to include a simple family tree to the review to help readers to follow the generations of the Brodrick family that form the main plot. I think this will make the storyline easier to follow. I hope you think so to.
- Friday, September 27, 2002 at 21:59:11 (BST)
Hello Everyone, Just a quick note to say that I have just put the review of Hungry Hill onto the book review page. This is a book which is not discussed much these days, and it was not considered to be one of Daphne du Maurier better novels. I had not read it for years and I must say that reading it again recently I really enjoyed it. Parts of the story are terribly sad and it does ramble a bit, but I would recommend that anyone who hasn't every read it or if it's a very long time since you read it, pick up a copy of Hungry Hill and see what you think. I am glad that I read it again.
- Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 21:51:47 (BST)
I would really like it if you could send me the address of your place in canada(if you have one) because I need to write a busness letter for a place,and I choose you...please send me your full address to thank you!
Nicole <>
- Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 15:41:43 (BST)
Hello to everybody, Just want to say I have just read "Rebecca" the third time and am crazy and obsessed about the story and the author. I have been searching for a look of the "Manderley" house from the web for hours but still can't find it. It should be a house named "Menabilly" in Cornwall where du Maurier lived. Does anybody have any picture of the house or of the place around? Further, as you may have known already, there was a tv series shown on BBC in around 1978. I badly want to take a look at it. Does anybody have a copy? Great too if you have a picture of Ms. du Maurier at an elderly age! Sorry for so many enquiries. Please forgive me while I'm in du Maurier fever!!! Please write to reply :; Thanks a million. Fanny
Fanny <,>
- Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 08:51:10 (BST)
as a canadian born, brought up in england girl, my favourite place on this earth is cornwall, england. I have read most of her books, and my favourite is Jamaica Inn, having been their as a child I can picture the place so vividly after reading the book again for the fourth time. I have chosen rebecca for my book club to read, none of them have read it before, they are in for a treat.
marie powell
- Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 19:56:17 (BST)
as a canadian born, brought up in england girl, my favourite place on this earth is cornwall, england. I have read most of her books, and my favourite is Jamaica Inn, having been their as a child I can picture the place so vividly after reading the book again for the fourth time. I have chosen rebecca for my book club to read, none of them have read it before, they are in for a treat.
marie powell
- Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 19:56:15 (BST)
Thank you for the lovely website. My family, worked as gardeners for 200 years straight at Menabilly. I have been to Tywardreath (from my home in America) and found most of them buried there. My great-grandmother was Mary Jane Trembeth, daughter of Richard and Anne (Tucker?) Trembeth. Mary Jane's daughter Emma Barnes married William Henry Masters Budd. Perhaps some of your other readers are related to us through the Trembeths. We have lovely remembrances of Lanteglos (where the men in the family rang the church bells on Sundays), Fowey, Golant and Polruan. Many thanks and God bless you. Suzanne (Budd) Tedeschi
Suzanne Budd Tedeschi <>
- Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 19:27:35 (BST)
- Monday, September 23, 2002 at 02:33:37 (BST)
I just read The birds in class if anyone can help us compare the movie to the book it would help alot email me asap!!!!!!!
liz peters <>
- Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 20:30:02 (BST)
I was intriuged after reading "Rebecca" because of how much Mrs. Danvers was affected by Rebeccas death. it made me think that there was something DuMaurier's not telling us. their relationship was more that of a mother -daughter as old Danny acted like it was her own flesh who was dead. could it be possible that their familiarity is more than what is stated, or has old Danny just got a few screws loose?!
Mandy <>
- Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 12:07:14 (BST)
- Friday, September 20, 2002 at 02:24:39 (BST)
Hiya! Just wanted to say to any Daphne fans out there who haven't read 'Jamaica Inn' - READ IT!! God - it's brilliant!! I've read it several times before coz my Mam is completely and utterly crazy about DuMaurier's books but it's so nice to pick up something you haven't read for ages, begin to read it again and think 'WOW!' Joss and Jem remind me incredibly of two guys I know...enough said! All in all it's a wonderful book - wish I could write with the empathy DuMaurier did. Becca, xxx
- Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 21:29:39 (BST)
I'm so glad I found this website... I am currently reading "Rebecca's Tale." Can't get enough of this story on a whole! I've seen Rebecca the movie at least 50 times and will never ever tire of it!! Thanks for a great site.
Wendi Ward <>
- Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 21:28:31 (BST)
Kits, thank you, I appreciate the information.
- Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 04:47:23 (BST)
Cornish Sun, holiday cottage for rent in Penzance, Cornwall.
- Monday, September 16, 2002 at 19:30:29 (BST)
Hi Janice. None of D du M's novels or short stories are based on The Reverend Densham. He features in her book ' Vanishing Cornwall'. Kits.
- Monday, September 16, 2002 at 19:25:37 (BST)
This is nice that someone made a website for this author. It helped me with my Lit. paper. Thanx!
- Monday, September 16, 2002 at 19:08:32 (BST)
Could anyone tell me which of her books was based on the life of a Reverend Densham who apparently alienated his congregation and ended up preaching to a church of cardboard cut-outs? (I may have the facts a little muddled!)
- Monday, September 16, 2002 at 05:25:22 (BST)
Many thanks Simon. I must clarify my position though; I can't claim to be 'custodian' of the site, I can only claim, as others, to be an enthusiastic contributor! Others, especially Anne, have a much wider knowledge, and maybe greater understanding than me. I can only claim to be interested in everyone's contributions, and hope to be of assistance to all my friends on this site, as I do on the site dedicated to my other favourite, on the Jeffery Farnol Website. Now I wonder how many out there have even heard of The Man! The language might be described as florid, but his stories rival Daphne's. Now hows that for heresy!
- Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 20:16:54 (BST)
hello, i've recently read "Rebecca" for my A level course, and was really inspired by it. it was a fantastic novel, and I was kind of spooked by Mrs.Danvers, hence that fact that I am writing about her apparent insanity, so if anyone has any thought on this id luv to hear from u!
mandy <>
- Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 18:38:39 (BST)
Through your devoted efforts your site is adding to the sum total of enlightenment in the world many thanks zendo
Enlightenment <>
- Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 15:39:24 (BST)
Hello Jasper, Yes indeed, the du Maurier family, strapped for cash many years ago, did allow their name to be used for a new brand of ciggies at that time. It is understood that all connection between them was severed many years before our politically correct (and self interested!)abhorrence surfaced. It is assumed that the family now share the public position on smoking cigarettes, in the UK. At the time that the business deal was made, smoking was the norm, and NON SMOKERS were looked at rather askance! Your comment re the writers name is well observed; Peregine Vereker was once considered as an optional 'nom de plume'. Sadly it had to be discounted when it became apparent that the name had already been used! One is SO pleased that the site attracts such a wide awake readership! Best Wishes everyone!
- Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 08:18:35 (BST)
hey i'm doing this thing for english class and wanted to know can you tell me how this book(REBECCA) help you to understand your world or yourslef thanks! e-mail me fast thanks
MAria <>
- Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 02:26:15 (BST)
More info on Branwell Bromte please!!!!!!
Aine Martin
- Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 01:14:42 (BST)
please can someone tell me where can I read all the books by Daphne du Maurier,as her books are not available in my country-i tried the old book shops too.i have to submit a summary on rebecca but don't know what to do.can anyone help me .i saw the movies on her books but have not been able to read any of er books.please write to me if someone can help.
uzma <>
- Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 06:43:33 (BST)
Daphne du Maurier? Is she anything to do with du Maurier cigarettes? And who is this Sam who keeps writing to the guestbook? Obviously an assumed name. Jasper
- Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 03:23:00 (BST)
I have just read the short story "The Old Man." I have long been a Du Maurier fan but hadn't come across this story before. Wow!
Julia Morris <>
- Monday, September 02, 2002 at 07:30:45 (BST)
Hi Sam Just a quick note to thank you for your comments about my Mum Faerlie. It was great of you to responpond so thoughtfully. I guess we create our own immortality in everything that we do..whether it is in writing a book, or just doing one thing for one other individual.And you are doing it with your careful custodianship of this website.Keep up the good work! Simon
Simon Smith <>
- Monday, September 02, 2002 at 00:58:28 (BST)
I am doing a report on Daphne du Maurier's famous novel Rebecca. I also have to do a biography about du Maurier!I would greatly appreciate it if anyone had some additional information or pictures of her they would like to share!! My e-mail address is given!! Thanks!! P.S. Rebecca is AWESOME!!!
Kendall <shindancindiva>
- Friday, August 30, 2002 at 22:50:14 (BST)
To update my message of August 8, 2002, we have just added the Hebrew translation of The Scapegoat (no explicit date of publication or copyright date, but published circa 1960) to our holdings. Philip E. Miller Director The Klau Library Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York NY
Philip E. Miller <>
- Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 19:19:34 (BST)
I was just going through some of my Aunt's old things. I came across the book "Rebecca", 1938 copyright. It appears to have Daphne Du Maurier's signature. Is this of any value?
patricia quaresimo <>
- Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 20:40:06 (BST)
You've got it on video??!! Wow!! Wish you could copy it...!!! I'm going to try and get hold of that BBC version and I'll advertise for the Burton/de Havilland film. I'd really like to surprise my sister for her birthday! Thanks for your help. Becca xxx
- Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 09:24:19 (BST)
Hello Anne, and everybody! I have the Burton/deHavilland 'My Cousin Rachel' on video; I taped it from the tele. I don't know how that helps though, because I haven't the facility to copy it! Any suggestions anyone-legal, that is!
- Monday, August 26, 2002 at 00:01:50 (BST)
Just a quick note about My Cousin Rachel videos. There is a video in the BBC Classic Collection, which stars Geraldine Chapman as Rachel, and is a recording of the televised version from about 1990. I got my copy on e-bay and they do crop up on there from time to time, but they are quite popular so lots of people tend to bid on them. I don't know where else you would get a copy, it is not one that I have ever seen for sale as a new video. Sam is quite right about Richard Burton. He starred in the original film with Olivia de Havilland, but I have never seen that on video. If anyone has perhaps they can let us know through this guest page.
Ann <>
- Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 17:17:16 (BST)
Hello Becca There is a film version of My Cousin Rachel, starring a very young Richard Burton, and Olivia de Havilland. I dont know whether it's available now, but Ebay might help you, or! Best wishes
- Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 00:44:40 (BST)
Hi! Rebecca here again! Just wanted to know - has there ever been a film/televison version made of 'My Cousin Rachel?' It's my sister's birthday soon and she was named for 'Cousin Rachel' since my mum is a great fan of Daphne du Maurier. She's got sooo much this is the only thing I can really think to get her, if I can that is. She'd love it cause I'm 'Rebecca' and, as she says, "There's been plenty of 'Rebecca' films made!!" We do tend to be ridiculously competitive! Just wondered if anyone could give me a hand...? Thanks, Becca xxx
Rebecca <>
- Friday, August 23, 2002 at 21:00:53 (BST)
Hello Simon Smith in Australia, Welcome to the Daphne du Maurier website. Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your Mum. Faerlie sounds from your discription, to have been a very special lady, full of romance and laughter; what an excellent combination. I love the idea of her at the beach with her copy of Rebecca and a block of chocolate; like me in the grounds of our small 'stately home' with a current 'read'. I bet growing up with her was fun! Both of my parents are now 'through the gate', waiting, and I look forward to rejoining them, when the time comes. I know that we WILL be together again, although only faith will enable me to hope I will SEE and KNOW them. I remember them with love and I'm content to 'wait and see', for in a real sense all our ashes return to the cosmos, from whence we came! All good wishes.
- Friday, August 23, 2002 at 08:48:20 (BST)
Greetings from Australia! I just wanted to record here, the death of my mother Faerlie last week. She was an extraordinary woman. She read widely.She loved Italian culture and language. She had a great sense of style...without being enslaved to it.And she was a role model to many of a caring, generous, funny human being. At her memorial service yesterday...I recalled the family stories of her love for the book and film Rebecca.She saw the film 14 times! She would drive her mother's baby Austin to the beach a few miles away, and while away a glorious afternoon with her copy of Rebecca and a block of Cadburys. On the last page of the order of service for my mother's funeral, we printed her favourite passage. "We stood on a slope of a wooded hill...there were no dark trees here, no tangled undergrowth....but....things of beauty and grace, drooping their lovely, delicate heads in the soft summer rain.....The air was full of their scent.......Maxim spoke, his voice was hushed too, gentle and low, as if he too had no wish to break upon the silence...."We call it the Happy Valley" he said.(Abbreviated the service we printed the complete passage). It was a fitting,evocative,moody,beautiful scene. I like to think Daphne du Maurier would approve. Simon Smith son of Faerlie ffloyd Smith
Simon Smith <>
- Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 15:22:42 (BST)
Hello Simon. I can understand the frustration you feel in your attempts to find videos of Daphne's work; I've been similarly frustrated about other films that were on the tele in recent times; Voices in the Garden from a book by Dirk Bogarde, and a very funny film called (somewhat similarly) Voices from the Wardrobe, are two that come readily to mind! My impression is that the BBC, and probably other similar companies, do not automatically release material to video. I guess that they are influenced by the assumed commercial viability of such a course of action; I don't know how expensive an exercise that is. It seems unlikely that the du Maurier Estate would deliberately turn away the chance of further royalties etcetera from Daphne's splendid stories, royalties that they have every right to expect! One might assume that different versions of Daphne's material would have to be subject to vetting by the Estate to wnsure it's acceptability, before it could be produced! Best Wishes.
- Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 20:29:53 (BST)
Hi Linda, have just read your message with interest and whilst I cannot help you at the moment in your search for Jamaica Inn on video I will keep my eyes open and ask my various contacts to help. Maybe you can help me...If you have read these recent messages here you will know that I am searching for the BBC version of Rebecca. Do you think it could be Daphne Du Maurier's son who is blocking this particular release too? And would you know by any chance where I can obtain a copy of it? There appears to be an ever increasing number of people searching for it and despite the fact that I live in London, I am now beginning to run out of ideas as to where to look next. Any help at all in this desperate search will be greatly appreciated. I will now begin searching for Jamaica Inn also. Thanks! Simon.
Simon Luckin <>
- Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 17:09:17 (BST)
Hi I'm back again still trying to obtain a copy of the 1982 version of Jamaica Inn on video. I've been trying for years now, please can someone help me..... I think Daphne du Mauriers son should quit arguing with the film makers and allow it's release again.
linda <>
- Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 15:22:49 (BST)
hy... first I have/want to say, that I havn´t read any of her books yet, but i´ve seen the film ( for school)( the german title is :"Wenn die Gondeln trauer tragen, I think the english title is. " Don´t you look now" or something like this). I think it´s an exciting film, but a little bit confusing, too. So now for my request: I ask everybody,to send me ( to my e-mail adress) a good biography or something else about Daphne du maurier. Please as fast as possible, ´cause I have to write a report about her. Thanks in advance!Joana
Joana <>
- Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 13:59:48 (BST)
- Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 17:01:35 (BST)
I am from the U.S., too, Tara. The only place I viewed "Rebecca" starring Jeremy Brett was on "Mystery" on PBS. (WTTW, channel 11, Chicago, to be exact). Anyway, I have written to PBS a couple of different times to see where I can get a copy, and I get two different responses: 1.) they do not get enough contributions 2.) they do not own the rights. That is all they say. I have checked ebay, amazon. com, and other sources, too. Nothing! The closest I ever came to any mention of the 1978 Rebecca was a website called the Brettish Empire and another website called (Internet Movie Data Base). IMDB gave some information about the movie and credits. I even saw comments from people like us looking for it. No information, though on how to get it. This website,, may be my last hope. I sure hope we get somewhere in our search! Robin
Robin <>
- Friday, August 16, 2002 at 20:06:22 (BST)
In desparate search of the BBC Jeremy Brett version of Rebecca! Yes, I'm yet another one on this guestbook who's looking for a copy of this video. I've actually never seen it, but I love Jeremy Brett and the book, so it's got to be the best version. :) I've looked all over the web and stores, even on Ebay, and can't find it anywhere. What's worse, I'm in the US, which makes it harder. Does anyone know where I can get it? Or would anyone be willing to run me a copy if I reimburse you for it? I'm dying to see it. :) Thanks!
Tara <>
- Friday, August 16, 2002 at 02:27:39 (BST)
I love the book "Rebecca". I cannot count how many times I have read it. My interest was sparked when I saw the 1978 version of it on PBS about 20 years ago. I want so much to have a copy of this! I have just viewed the comments made by Simon Luckin and Rebecca. Is there any chance I can purchase a copy from either of you? Jeremy Brett was an excellent Maxim de Winter. Thank you! Robin Grande
Robin Grande <>
- Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 20:26:41 (BST)
Just read "Mary Anne" which I liked ever so much... it is a fascinating biography of a witty cockney woman.. (great great grand mother of the author)
French Gab
- Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 00:13:28 (BST)
Hello Jo, I have just read your message and although I don't know very much about Honor Harris I can confirm that she was a real person. In the church at Tywardreath, not far from where Daphne du Maurier lived, there is a plaque on the wall to Honor Harris and her brother and on one occasion when I visited the church I saw a picture of her as well. She died in 1653 so she was alive at the same time as when The Kings General is set, but she was never paralysed....that was poetic licence on the part of Daphne du Maurier to add an extra dimension to the story. If anyone elso knows any more about Honor Harris I would be very interested to hear. If you have time to go to Cornwall when you come to England you would be able to see where many of Daphne du Maurier's books are set. You can walk to the beach where Rebecca's boathouse was, see the land that is described in My Cousin Rachel, The House on the Strand, Rule Britannia, The Birds and Castle Dor. You can travel a little further afield to Frenchman's Creek or Jamaica Inn or you can go to Fowey and look across the river at Ferryside, where the figurehead of the Jane Slade, which inspired Daphne's first book, The Loving Spirit, is visible on the side of the house. Of cause there are lots of other places in England that are worth visiting, but a du Maurier fan does need to go to Cornwall!
Ann <>
- Monday, August 12, 2002 at 21:57:07 (BST)
I have been a huge fan of Daphne's since high school. I have been checking out this guestbook since it's inception, but I have never contributed. I appreciate everyone's comments, especially Sam's. My all time favorite is "The King's General." I have to read it at least once a year I also love "The House on the Strand" and "The Scapegoat." All these stories are so amazingly creative, yet so totally different. Does anyone know if Honor Harris (from "The King's General") really existed? If she didn't, I would rather not know, because it would take a little away from the romance of the story. I'd rather think that story could have actually happened. I am going to be traveling to England for business in September (I live in Cincinnati, Ohio), and I would like to visit Cornwall. But I don't really know where to go, and I would like to visit other spots other than the part of Cornwall that she wrote about. Does anyone have any suggestions. I will only be in England for about a week, and there are a lot of places I want to go, so I won't have much time for Cornwall. (Sorry this message is so long)
- Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 00:23:58 (BST)
Thanks so much Rebecca. I don't know what to say!!! The BBC version will always be streete ahead of the rest. Hope you got my e-mail. If by chance you didn't, please let me know.Love and best wishes, Simon.X
Simon Luckin <>
- Friday, August 09, 2002 at 19:48:21 (BST)
- Friday, August 09, 2002 at 14:38:45 (BST)
I am not certain who will read these comments, but I simply want "you" to know how very helpful this web site was us. Ours is one of the few libraries outside of Israel that collects classics of world literature in Hebrew. With the assistance of this site, we were able to add to our holdings Hebrew translations of "Frenchman's Creek, House on the Strand, and Hungry Hill" in Hebrew. To the best of our knowledge, ours may be the only library outside of Israel to do so. Philip E. Miller, Director The Klau Library Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York NY
Philip E. Miller <>
- Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 19:05:01 (BST)
Thanks Sam! I'll try and prize it away from Rach!! Simon, you said you wanted that video - BBC version of 'Rebecca?' Well, I asked my mother and she has it taped. Would you like a copy? Just wondering, Rebecca xx
- Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 11:29:01 (BST)
Hello Rebecca-welcome to the site! I'm travelling in the morning, so time is at a premium.Your request for info re My Cousin Rachel-'Rachel my torment' is easily answered. Its spooky, its unsettling, its brilliant. Its quite gothic too! I do hope you get to read it soon, and enjoy it! And I hope to read your opinion when you have read it too! Best Wishes
- Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 23:49:43 (BST)
Hi! Just wanted to pay this site a visit since my mother is a great fan of Daphne du Maurier and she named me and my little sis after two of her characters - Rebecca (that's me!!) and Rachel (My Cousin Rachel). I've read 'Rebecca' and it's amazing - I want to be a writer and live in a gorgeous house like Manderley and make everyone fall in love with me!! But then again, don't we all?!! Haven't read 'My Cousin Rachel' though - what's that one like? My sister is reading it so I have to wait for her to finish!! Help me out - thanks. Rebecca xx
- Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 10:11:37 (BST)
Please, can anyone out there help me. I am desperately trying to find a copy of the BBC version of REBECCA, made in the late '70s and last screened in 1980. It starred Joanna David, Jeremy Brett and Anna Massey. There is no comparison (in my opinion!) between this version and either the film or ITVs '97 version. It was truly amazing. It would appear the BBC have no intention to show it again or put it on video. So please, if anyone can run me off a copy just e-mail me. Thank you so much...
Simon <>
- Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 01:09:36 (BST)
If you have any information on The Birds novel I would be greatful if you could send it my way as I am researching the novel for a piece of A level coursework. Any information (including websites to visit, people to contact etc.) that would help me to bring the novel alive in a screenplay would be most appreciated. Thank you
Liz <>
- Friday, July 26, 2002 at 08:56:53 (BST)
Miss Shaden Itani <>
- Monday, July 22, 2002 at 14:59:16 (BST)
- Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 11:33:09 (BST)
I became fascinated with the story Rebecca when I saw film starring Charles Dance. Then I found a book and read it, which made me become interested in the author (I am very glad to found the website here with a lot of information I wanted to know and never knew before) Then I read the King¡¯s General, which doubled my like towards the author. I was a little surprised to find that the author who created the character of the second Mrs. DeWinter can created the character of Honor Harris. Although later I read Jamaica Inn and found that the heroine in JI is like Honor, yet the story itself is enough to attract readers. Does anyone want to know something about Maurier¡¯s books in China? Anyhow, I find here a good place where I can express my thoughts and not pretend. I think the gap between the Western world and the Eastern world is wide. For example, when I read the translated novel Jamaica Inn, I found an article written by the translator, which said that this novel is written to reveal the dark side of the society. Similar things happen to thousands of western things. At first, I was confused. I¡¯ve read most of the words posted here. Although a part of them are not really comments, I got a general idea of what people think of Maurier¡¯s works in her country. Again I find the communication between peoples is not easy.
kate <>
- Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 03:55:22 (BST)
Hello Maari. Many thanks for your obvious concern, which is much appreciated. You and I obviously agree that kids talk is not understood by everyone everywhere. The fact that the kids took the opportunity to write at all is good I expect, but wish they would speak in language that all can understand. Like you I enjoy reading very much; along with Daphne, I love Robert Goddard, Barbara Erskine, Norah Lofts, Anya Seton, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Morland Series), Mary Renault, Arthur C Clark, John Masters 'Now God be thanked' trilogy about the First World War; and a host of others. My all-time favourite, along with Daphne, is Jeffery Farnol. You may not have heard of him, his first hit 'the Broad Highway' was out in 1910. They read rather twee nowadays maybe, but they really are terrific stories, and his use of language cannot be bettered! My favourite book is Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which I read avidly, devotedly,excitedly (if there is such a word!)every autumn (do you call it 'Fall'); and yes I do think the film is amazingly good! Tv, video, film can all be good, but I dont think one can beat a good book for sheer enjoyment; do you? Best Wishes to you Maari, and to ALL our friends young and old!
- Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 09:23:39 (BST)
Hi all... please Sam I was in no way trying to imply that I was upset by anything from you. and please accept my apology for it sounding like that. In the area of the states that I come from.. all that talk which comes primarily from the younger generation (anywhere from about 27 and under in age) is considered very disrespectful. And in most cases when spoken is used to put down another person or in some way trying to be harsh to another. I meant for that to convey that in my mind that, that kind of talk is better left elsewhere than on a site that we are all discussing good literature rather than (again in my opinion..which does not speak for all of course)all that talk that is slang that is considered rude and rather inappropriate in my little part of the world. So again I apologize for any misunderstanding in how I wrote my earlier message and for offending anyone. Again I am sorry. Best wishes for all and happy reading! Maari
- Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 03:59:43 (BST)
Has anyone ever heard of frolfing? My friends and I were driving out to the Space Aliens restaurant where we were having a book club meeting. We all just read the book Rebecca and are meeting again next week to watch the movie. Anyway, we passed a frolfing place on our way to the restaurant and I was wondering if it's any fun to play. I guess it's a cross between golfing and frisbee. I was also wondering what the significance of Christine's pink notebook was in the book "The Evergreen Window at Hidden Row." Does anyone know? I'd like to discuss it at my next book club meeting.
maggie magoo
- Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 20:06:18 (BST)
do you have the time to listen to me whine about nothing and everything all at once I am one of those melodramatic fools neurotic to the bone no doubt about it sometimes I give myself the creeps sometimes my mind plays tricks on me it all keeps adding up I think im cracking up am I just paranoid ? im just stoned/
ben <>
- Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 19:58:00 (BST)
I just reread My Cousin Rachel. It was such a joy to completely lose myself in the story. I also love Rebecca and The King's General.
Rebecca <>
- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 18:16:02 (BST)
Hi all! This is my first time here. and I absolutely love the sight. I am only a newcomer to Daphne du Mauriers writing.. but oh how exquisite she is!! I have absolutely fallen in love with some of her stories. I have only read a couple, however, Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand and I just started The Kings General today. I admit I am having a hard time getting into this one... but I think that is all lack of concentration on my part today :)! I teach in a pre-school and it is so nice to come home after reading things like 'The Grouchy Lady bug' and 'The very Hungry Caterpillar' (which by the way if you have small children are excellent books) and be able to sit down and dive into one of her books! I had been having a hard time finding copies of anything but Rebecca around in my area until just recently. A friend called and told me about a used book store..only minutes from my apartment. And fortunate for me the owner has many different du Maurier books, which by the way he has put on hold for me as I have to money to buy them! For being a college student paying my own way the money only seems to come in little spurts here and there! :) How absolutely wonderful! I apologize I must sound quite silly... I can't contain my excitement today! I had never heard of her before last summer (shame on my high school literature teachers for not introducing us to her! and shame on myself for not reading her books sooner!) I first heard of her book Rebecca believe it or not from the Stephen King book Bag of Bones... I read the lines from the beginning of Rebecca 'Last night I dreamt of Manderley' in this Stephen King book... and I was suddenly on this quest to find this book Rebecca ( needless to say I never did finish the Stephen King book... I became too enthralled into Rebecca!) What a fascinating lady she must have been! I am very glad to have come across this sight and all of you! How refreshing to be able to share the same passion for someone like Daphne du Maurier with soo many others! Best wishes to all!!
- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 04:12:32 (BST)
In the cold light of day, I now wonder whether I completely misunderstood Maari's letter! This situation really does highlight the difficulties that we Web Browsers face; we are of all different ages, coming from different backgrounds and cultures around the world, and which are all completely equal, but different! Please be patient with me everybody! Best Wishes.
- Monday, July 08, 2002 at 08:55:58 (BST)
I'm very glad to find such a website here. I became interested in Maurier's novels when I saw the film Rebecca(made in 1996) last year. So far I've read 3of her novels, Rebecca, The King's General & Jamaica Inn. I like them all. What makes me sad is that I'm just a student and I don't have friends who shares similar interest with me. My schoolmates just like pop music, hollywood films, etc. I feel very lonely since it seems no one among my acquaintances is interested in what I am interested in. So I will be very glad if anyone of you email me (in simple English). I've always wanted to make friends with a foreigner. kate chen(i'm from shanghai)
kate <>
- Monday, July 08, 2002 at 01:43:31 (BST)
Hello Maari (and anyone else I have upset, however inadvertently) I have complete respect for all who take the trouble to access the du Maurier Website. Not understanding alternative dialects implies NO disrespect. We all keep secret where we live around the planet, for perfectly valid security reasons; therefore we cannot be expected to understand all of each others dialects, all the time. I think I understand though that I am being told to leave this site to others, younger and more 'hip' or 'with it' or whatever. It does seem though that that idea is not too correct; older people, like me, and anyone who has attendended the du Maurier Festival, in May will agree, were enjoying Daphne du Maurier's (Lady Browning's)books long before some younger contributors to this site, were even born. So who is the true intruder? I hope however that ALL our contributions are valid, and that each generation welcomes and RESPECTS,and learns from the contributions of others! Ater all I thought we were all here because we all enjoy the wonderful, imaginative, gripping stories that Daphne du Maurier gave to the world! Best Wishes everyone, of whatever age, and where ever they live!
- Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 23:33:17 (BST)
This is to Sam... I completely understand your confusion by the let us say... interesting dialect of our obviously young group that have been addressing everyone here. I am only 24 and I live in an area that the 18 and unders find that kind of talk appropriate for every occasion. I think that these pages should be left to the people who want to share their ideas and thoughts about Lady Browning and her books. It is ashame that people who enjoy good literature and this exceptional woman should be exposed to the vulgarity of the language this young uneducated group. I am now addressing the group with the 'oh so lovely' choice of words. Better yourselves by trying to learn more. Learn the language... I am meaning the actual english language. When spoken correctly, you might have a chance of sounding somewhat intelligent and you will be more respected for it.. as to that other trash that you all think is so wonderful.. news flash for you... it is disrespectful and unappreciated.
Maari <>
- Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 01:16:44 (BST)
This is to Sam... I completely understand your confusion by the let us say... interesting dialect of our obviously young group that have been addressing everyone here. I am only 24 and I live in an area that the 18 and unders find that kind of talk appropriate for every occasion. I think that these pages should be left to the people who want to share their ideas and thoughts about Lady Browning and her books. It is ashame that people who enjoy good literature and this exceptional woman should be exposed to the vulgarity of the language this young uneducated group. I am now addressing the group with the 'oh so lovely' choice of words. Better yourselves by trying to learn more. Learn the language... I am meaning the actual english language. When spoken correctly, you might have a chance of sounding somewhat intelligent and you will be more respected for it.. as to that other trash that you all think is so wonderful.. news flash for you... it is disrespectful and unappreciated.
- Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 01:16:31 (BST)
Yo quiero tu madre! Es muy picante, verdad? OLE! este tu cumplianos cancion! ES MUY LARGO! tengo un cuchillo grande porque tu es un zorreno.
Hannah <>
- Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 20:22:39 (BST)
It has just been direct to my attention that our fellow du Maurier fan, M. Sam, has been getting their ghetto-thang on! Fo Sho, my dawgs! Check the entry on the 21st (I think) of June. It's off da hook!
Scooby-doo <>
- Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 20:17:54 (BST)
My home skillets... I am sorry I haven't been keeping up with this page. I know that it means a lot to you, and to the Delano Tigers Soccer Program. I never intended to let my fellow footballers down. We will kick butt in our Junior year! I hope that the preceding announcements make up for all lost time!
Sara <Wiskers&>
- Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 20:10:43 (BST)
"I know that it's been on your mind, that distant look is in your eye. I thought with time you'd realize it's over, over. It's not the way I choose to live, but something somewhere's got to give, as shareing this realationship gets older, older. You know I'd fight for you, but how can I fight someone who isn't even there. I've had the rest of you, now I want the best of you, I don't care if that's not fair. I want it all, or nothing at all. There's nowhere left to fall, it's now or never. Is it all? or nothing at all? Are we just friends? Is this how it ends, with a simple telephone call, you leave me here with nothing at all?" I feel that this passage is really relavent to Jamica Inn's last chapter, and how Jem and Mary feel. I think that if it is ever re-made into a movie, (like Romeo and Juliet was interperted into West Side Story), that this should be sung by the actors/actresses who portray Mary and Jem.
- Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 20:04:57 (BST)
Dear George, No, I do not believe that I wish to go out with you. I do not think it would be a good idea. Someone who likes soup as much as you do does not fit my style, and your name is not currently present on my list of Favorable Young Men That I Wish To Go Out With. Besides, I felt desecrated and violated by what you told Margy, Freddy, and Penny, and all the other members of your terrible Big Swine Club about me. When you fell off the tire swing at the park last summer I wish you had hit your head and had something bad happen to you. Please don’t play in the street when I drive by because I might be tempted to run you over. Your disturbing habit of wrinkling up your left eyebrow when you attempt to do Spanish homework causes me to believe that I could never love you. And at the recent baseball game I saw you chewing tobacco with Albert. I thought you understood that I only go out with handsome guys who do not slink around baseball stadiums chewing tobacco with tall fellows called Albert Also, I cannot go out with anyone who likes the CD “A Collection of Popular Christian Worship Songs,” you Lutheran. It’s against my religion. Lastly, my Scorpio: Day by Day Guide to Your Future, in the chapter entitled “The Stars and Your Love”, says that you are not a good match for me. So do not ask me again or I will have to throw mud at you. Love, Sally
Sally <>
- Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 19:52:35 (BST)
Just a quick note to say that the review of "Frenchman's Creek" has now been added to the Book Review page.
Ann <>
- Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 21:08:03 (BST)
The book Rebecca is very breathe taking and the first time my mother read it she knew she had to name me after the author for her great I guess im just thanking her too!!!*********************
Daphne London <>
- Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 19:57:39 (BST)
Sara! the boring people keep talking!!! does lindsey even write on this anymore? *sigh* toodles!!
Olde Tymer <>
- Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 06:27:48 (BST)
I have woulderful news for all members of the APUSH association of future college graduates. I saw the WALLACE, human not feline, the other day! He was setting off illeagal fireworks! He is my favortie role-model! I said hi and told him we were stalkimg him. he he he. I must go... my mother is calling me...
Wally-Stalker <>
- Monday, July 01, 2002 at 02:19:17 (BST)
Many who have read my novel 'Intercourse With the Dead' or who have visited my website have asked which writer's inspired me. Beyond a doubt Daphne du Maurier was one of the most important. She had a way of taking readers out of the everyday world and transporting them to worlds of mystery and intrique. The process was done in steps and before we knew it we had left the safe world where we spent our daily lives and we were at Manderley or some other exotic spot. It was like having your throat clutched by a hand drapped in velvet.
Dave McCourt <>
- Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 02:32:56 (BST)
My father knew Daphne du Maurier, they met in Egypt, she came over from England to stay with the man she loved Boy Browning. He was my fathers C.O. during the war. Browning and my Father had much in common icluding athletics and cricket. Dad would sit with her at breakfast and watch her writing l think it was Rebbecca. He would help sometimes by putting the rolled up and rejected scraps of paper in a bin. He would sometimes read the pieces of rebbecca she had thrown away. Amazing now knowing had he kept these, apart from their value, may have infact given the answer to some of the more curious questions that will, l suppose remain forever unaswered. She was often distracted by Browning. He was according to Dad one of the most charismatic people he had ever had the good fortune to have known. She used to go down to write away from the soldiers for peace and quiet, but mainlly because the heat would make her hands sweat, so making it difficult to write Also the wind would whip up the sand and it would stick to the paper and her hands, going to the riverside would lessen this problem. As a young boy my concentration would waine a little,whilst listening to his various Du Maurier stories. Browning used to play practical jokes on her but l,m so sorry l have for now forgotten these. l just remember funny things like the sand on her wet hands. Piles of scrap paper with what was to become a classic. It is a pity he my father, never realised the importance of what he was throwing in the bin. Years later he would tell me that when you are fighting a World War knowing Daphne du Maurier and reading rejected bits of Rebbecca ment nothin in the great scheme of things. l hopr this has been of some interest to you all. l suppose l should read one of her books sometime! Best Wishes. Paul W
Paul Welch <>
- Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 03:02:20 (BST)
I have just finished reading Margaret Foster's biography on Daphne Du Maurier and l found it fascinating to say the least. I recommend this book to readers of Daphne Du Mauriers books, as this gives an extremely interesting insight into Daphne's life and especially a particular letter written to her dear friend Maureen Monty Baker-Munton which is printed within this well written biography. l myself, enjoyed the short stories that Du Maurier wrote, especially the 'Apple Tree', The little Photographer' and 'The little Man'. She was a very intelligent,inward looking person who spent most of her life trying to understand her inner feelings (ie,the little boy in the box),read Margaret Fosters book and this will become clear. To me her writing proved to be a positive outlet for her emotions.
- Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 15:39:10 (BST)
I think that Daphne du Maurier was a truly talented writer (I love her writing style!) and after I read Rebecca (my favorite book ever!) I was absolutely convinced that I had to become writer which has always been my dream but that book really cemented it. Now I only wish I knew what the name of the narrator was or at least what du Maurier wanted it to be and why she didn't let it be known to the reader!
Kristal Williams
- Monday, June 24, 2002 at 17:00:40 (BST)
hi to the friend of daphne du maurier! some years ago, I read 'the flight of the falcon'. now I went to italy, and I visited urbino, a famous little town near the adriatic sea. and now i'm convinced, that ruffano, the hometown of claudio the falcon, and urbino are one. i wanted to know if someone of the readers of this book know more about this coincidence. greetings from germany/luxemburg and thanks for your answers bibi.
gitta <>
- Monday, June 24, 2002 at 07:28:48 (BST)
Any person who lives in a small hick town in Minnesota who doesn't know what the Great Awakening is should not write comments in this guestbook, because you are not very funny. Your ghetto slang sucks and you are too young to understand the deep underlying themes that are present in the great liturature created by this lady. It is not fair to her or her fans for you to use this web page as a joke. This is you Katherine, Mathew, and all you other seventh graders!!!!
Wallace-poker <>
- Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 22:14:48 (BST)
Dear Sam, Thank you. I have just finished "House on the Strand" and did find all the "Ty" names somewhat confusing. Even here in Canada we have debates about pronunciation. Where I'm from we have a place called Port Dalhousie (pronounced DA-loe-sea) and my husband is from Nova Scotia and in Halifax there is a University call Dalhousie. (pronounced Dal-house-ee) Didn't "Q" name his daughter Foy (after Fowey?) He must have been a "died in the wool" Cornishman. Cheers, Laura
- Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 14:49:03 (BST)
Hello Laura Many words in Cornwall are strange to us outsiders so don't worry; I have trouble still with Tywardreath (House on the Strand -my personal favourite-so spooky!) I gather it's something like 'Tid-reth, but could still be wrong! Fowey is 'Foy' I'm told, as the old spelling was Foye. Whether we outsiders should call it so is debatable. It seems polite really, but I'm from Epworth, old locals call it Ep'orth (I do too), but I feel a bit iffy if I hear 'outsiders' using that. So take your pick! Best Wishes
- Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 10:08:15 (BST)
TO SAM I have just started reading "Vanishing Cornwall" and I am wondering how it is you pronounce Fowey. I'm torn between Foe-wee and Fow-wee, then again it could simply be Foy. As I have never come across the name in Canada I am perplexed. Please help!
- Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 01:35:15 (BST)
hello to everyone my more insane hip hop ghetto friends have been lets say excited about this page and message board type of deal I thought i'd take a look I actually just finished reading an excellent book called the autobiography of red very good I recommend it to everyone although it may be a little explicit for younger readers and another recommendation is incubus' newest release the cd morning view it's some of the best music i've ever heard also I hope to hear from more residents of england I love english humor a movie was just recently made of one of my favorite books the importance of being earnest by oscar wilde it's showing in minneapolis and it's very true to the book which is great in my opinion anyway and happy 17th birthday to my best friend at the movie rental place and to wallace's pet cat beware once again it shall not be long before a dirty green car appears at your house...
josh <>
- Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 23:06:20 (BST)
sammy man you are cool you know dat? sweeet! weve got da same name you know what im sayin/ yea sho do jus sayin hey man to all you out there readin some prety sweet literachure its cool an my west side homies in fargo I luv ya jim an trav
sam <>
- Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 22:46:19 (BST)
hi sara
george <>
- Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 22:20:22 (BST)
Yo shoh IS fresh,fresh! but greetings fom 'middle England to all our brothers and sisters in the ghetto!
- Friday, June 21, 2002 at 08:36:24 (BST)
oopsy doodles! I thought it had erased my message so I retyped it to the best of my ability. oh well read it twice cause i'm that nice!
Pimp Daddy Fresh <>
- Friday, June 21, 2002 at 02:50:45 (BST)
Yo! I be hearin' dat dis be a down place dese dayz, so's I had to be checkin' it out. don't go an' jump me naw, just wanted to see sup ya'll? what'd they make dis list fo' anyway? oh, I see dame, but I bet she ain't as hot as a dame I saw da otha night! damn she was lookin' fine! well ttyl all my brothas and sistas up in 'ere.
Pimp Daddy Fresh <>
- Friday, June 21, 2002 at 02:48:50 (BST)
Yo! I be hearin'dat dis is a pimp place to be dese dayz, so's I had to go check it out. you dig? don't go an' jump me now, just seein sup ya'll?? why'd they make dis lil list anyway? hey, it says dame, I bet she ain't as fine as a damei saw da otha night! damn she was lookin'fine! well ttyl all my brothas and sistas in da place up 'ere!
Pimp Daddy Fresh <>
- Friday, June 21, 2002 at 02:45:03 (BST)
Yo, my homies, what'd I do? Wha'd'd'd I do? Yo you feelin this up in herr? My dubs is rollin even when I stop. Yo Samma-dogg. We be from the ghettos. Call me my fly sistas. fo sho, fo sho. Rebecca is the heazzy-fo-sheazzy!
Mack-Pimp <>
- Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 19:05:23 (BST)
I have been assigned to read " Rebecca" and I really need some reviews of the book because I dont have time to read any books right now and I would really like a review from someone. If you have a review for me please email me ASAP!!!
brittany <>
- Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 22:55:59 (BST)
I have a signed copy of Myself When Young, that I would be interested in selling. Also a postcard from the lady herself.
Carol Moore <>
- Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 12:51:29 (BST)
I realy enjoy to read rebecce from daphne du maurier and find this page coz I wanna know more abaut her
alex <>
- Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 04:49:42 (BST)
I THINK the previous contributor sounds kind, but as the speak is foreign to me, I'm not entirely sure! I would be interested to hear from whence it originates. As 95% per cent of contributions on this website tend more to my type of old fashioned boring speak, I wonder why I should retreat on this, rather than the interlopers! Best Wishes, kids.
- Monday, June 17, 2002 at 08:43:31 (BST)
Sam OH no you di'n't!! you did not just say that!! You're just old, why don't you get your old jiggly booty outta this joint, si?? Leave this guestbook to the normal people who talk like people. We know how to talk, don't you be trippin and start dissin us, cause then you had best check yo'self 'fore you wreck yo'self! Yo, just check it, cause me and my homies, we take you out anyday!
K to A-T <>
- Monday, June 17, 2002 at 02:38:15 (BST)
Beta5bean, X was delivered, was it received at the Y pier? Ditch 13 is down! I repeat, ditch 13 is down! Send backup. War.
Alpha4bean <>
- Monday, June 17, 2002 at 02:33:38 (BST)
We seem to be moving further away from the ENGLISH language than I grew up with. I accept that the 'English' language, like so many other of Life's mysteries, is moving on; and that I commend. But, sadly, as a person living in England, and born there, I just can't be bothered with what seems to me to be 'gobbledegook' None the less, I wish younger contributors, especially from 'foreign climes', well! I do feel that life is moving on, and passing me by! Sam
- Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 00:04:10 (BST)
Dear Muffin, here are some words of adive to you and all of my other ghetto hoes: You don't mind what people say or do, but you do mind what he thinks is true. He is the only one getting all your love, but what people do ain't nothing new: playas they gonna play, and haters they gonna hate, ballas they gonna ball, shot callas they gonna call. that ain't got nothing to do with him and you, that's the way is, that's the way its been Girl you kick him to the curb, if you find one strand of hair longer than yours. Heartbreak you don't get the best of her, So she's won't keep on coming back incesantly. Just mix up some jerk salsa and spend his credit cards to the limit, sell all his clothes, furniture, EVERYTHING. DO you dig? Chill. Harmam
Harmam <>
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 23:30:21 (BST)
Hello Phillip, You are right on both counts. The house in My Cousin Rachel and the house in The Kings General are both Menabilly and the house is The House on the Strand and the house in Rule Britannia are both Kilmarth, which is just a short distance away from Menabilly and is the house that Daphne moved to when she left Menabilly.
Pollyanne <>
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 23:20:06 (BST)
Hello Phillip, You are right on both counts. The house in My Cousin Rachel and the house in The Kings General are both Menabilly and the house is The House on the Strand and the house in Rule Britannia are both Kilmarth, which is just a short distance away from Menabilly and is the house that Daphne moved to when she left Menabilly.
Lumpy <>
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 23:18:07 (BST)
Hello Phillip, You are right on both counts. The house in My Cousin Rachel and the house in The Kings General are both Menabilly and the house is The House on the Strand and the house in Rule Britannia are both Kilmarth, which is just a short distance away from Menabilly and is the house that Daphne moved to when she left Menabilly.
Fnn Arank
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 23:17:20 (BST)
I'm getting a little tired of your broken promises, promises Looking at your pager seeing different numbers, and numbers Call you on your cell you hanging with your fellas, you fellas Hanging with my girls you always getting jealous, and jealous I was with you when you didn't have no dollas, no dollas Hanging at the crib chillen wit yo mamma, yo mamma never fronted you never brought the drama, the drama Now you flip the script playa please! Yeah, you don't know me! Don't call me on my cell phone! Don't go frontin 'bout our ghetto slang! My heasey for sheezey. I go rollin to clubs on my fly dubs, so you best check yo'self 'for you mess yo'self! Rollout! My fly ballas and shot callas! word-up, and pump the jams my homey G-doggs! Westside!
Muffin <>
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 23:11:28 (BST)
Hello Phillip, You are right on both counts. The house in My Cousin Rachel and the house in The Kings General are both Menabilly and the house is The House on the Strand and the house in Rule Britannia are both Kilmarth, which is just a short distance away from Menabilly and is the house that Daphne moved to when she left Menabilly.
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 20:32:29 (BST)
Victoria, thank you for coming back to the guest page and letting us know that you got such a good grade for your assignment. I am really pleased that you found the review of Rebecca helpful.
Ann <>
- Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 20:27:12 (BST)
2 Questions---is the house in "My Cousin Rachel" Menabilly? Descriptions are very similar to those in "The King's General"---and is Professor Lane's house in "the House On the Strand" the same house as Madam's house in "Rule Britannia"?---(also very similar.) Have adored DuMaurier for years---her descriptions of surroundings so detailed---thus prompting these questions. Anyone know?
philip wall <>
- Friday, June 14, 2002 at 18:16:01 (BST)
Thanx! I needed some help for my book reveiw on Rebecca! I have written it and got an A!
- Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 14:18:02 (BST)
Hello Ann, haven't read it yet, but will soon look for a copy. Currently I am still keeping Daphne du Maurier books in stock from my hol; for example "Letters from Menabilly, edited by Oriel Malet. My very favourite one is "My Cousin Rachel". I have read it in German several times, and I am looking forward to reading it in English. Brigitte
Brigitte Adler <>
- Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 09:45:13 (BST)
I would just like to say that I just finished the book, Rebecca. I found it exquisitely written, and I would never have guessed the outcome in the end. Being only 14, I'm not sure if I am yet old enough to fully appreciate this book but I would just like to say I enjoyed reading it so much. I have yet to read the sequel, Mrs. de Winter, but I'm sure it will be as compelling as the first. So to all of you out there who haven't yet read this amazing book, please pick up a copy and see for yourself.
Carrie <>
- Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 22:28:33 (BST)
Hello Brigitte, I remember Sam telling me when he met you during the du Maurier Festival in Fowey. I am so glad that you were able to go to the Festival while you were on holiday in Cornwall. I really enjoyed the time that I spent in Fowey and I know that Sam did too. The day that you were at the Festival I went to see Sally Beauman talk about her book Rebecca's Tale. I went to her talk last year when the book was about to be launched and it was very interesting to hear her talk again now that the book is available to everyone. I have read it once and I enjoyed it very much and was totally drawn into the story. I felt that Sally Beaman almost walked in Daphne du Maurier's steps, the characters and the plot were so absorbing and so clearly set around the Fowey area, Menabilly (Manderlay) and Polridmouth beach. I think it is a book that I will read many times and, like Rebecca, always find something new that I had not realised was there before. I know from Sam that you read lots and I wonder if you have read Rebecca's Tale yet.
Ann <>
- Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 18:58:38 (BST)
Hello Ann, Regarding to your article from 27th May I would like to tell you, that I visited the festival on 10th May just for one day with my husband, while enjoying our holidays in lovely Cornwall. So we also met Sam, because we had arranged it before, without knowing each other, only from the dumaurier guestbook :-) I would like to say, I am a fan of Daphne du Maurier and I really liked Fowey and enjoyed my time there very much. It's a great pity not having met you there, because Sam told me about your review writing - I am a bookworm! Best wishes, Brigitte
Brigitte Adler <>
- Monday, June 10, 2002 at 18:55:38 (BST)
Hola, mis amigos! Los muchachos y muchachas es muy gordo y feo, no? Soy leyendo Rebecca, porque es no bonita, si? Tu madre leyendo El Gato Al Bano, porque es el fin con Dutchess. Los sacupuntas le gustaria tu madre porque es muy fenominal! Adios Amigos!
hannah <>
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:36:10 (BST)
My favorite book, Rebecca, I have been following through E-Bay. The specific one that I would have liked to purchase, (12.99, imagine!), has just been sold out. The dimond-encrusted special edition of year 2000 has sold for 5,000,000! Wow! I was just letting you Daphne du Maurier fans know!
Sandra J <>
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:30:40 (BST)
Daphne du Maurier is a very poor novelist, yet a very good make-upper. She has the ability to write about the dumbest things, yet make it sound like she knows that it doesn't sound good. simply marvoulous! I wish I had that talent, as a writer. My books, the published ones, lack this most important feature. Please, if you would care to know what I am talking about, ask your local librarian if you could please check out the book Underlying Symbolism in Daffodil Lane
Joliu Krist <>
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 23:25:09 (BST)
Kathy if you look at the entry for Monday 27th May. Ann has put a small artical on. I'm sure if we ask her she would write more, as she went to the festival.
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 17:46:54 (BST)
I discovered Daphne a couple of years ago. And every year I wish I could go to the festival - Would love to hear about it so someone needs to write about it. Please leave on the guest book so we all can enjoy it.
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 17:18:07 (BST)
I discovered Daphne a couple of years ago. And every year I wish I could go to the festival - Would love to hear about it so someone needs to write about it. Please leave on the guest book so we all can enjoy it.
- Monday, June 03, 2002 at 17:18:06 (BST)
Hi! I read Rebecca for an english project on a classic novel and enjoyed it very much. Now I'm doing an essay and I was wondering if there was more information available on the "triangles" eluded to in the review on this site: "There is another school of thought that believes the Rebecca, Maxim, narrator triangle is a reproduction of the relationship between Daphne du Maurier and her father and mother or perhaps Daphne, her husband Tommy and his previous fiancée." Unfortunatley, I don't have time to read her autobiography or anything (it's due in a week) but if anyone knows anything helpful...
Jessica <>
- Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 00:37:58 (BST)
I have an autographed copy of Jamaica Inn, 1936. It's a bit dog-eared but readable. Not that I am interested in necessarily selling, but can anyone tell mewhat it might be worth and if I should get it rebound. Great site by the way. I grew up in Cornwall (padstow and Liskeard) and am familiar with most of the places in the novels. Cheers.
Chris <>
- Friday, May 31, 2002 at 18:45:01 (BST)
Although Devonian by birth I am Cornish by passion and adoption. From my early years in Cornwall I have come under the spell that is an intrinsic part of this beloved land. So it is no coincidence that Daphne du Maurier is perhaps one of my most favourite authors. I have read and reread many times nearly all of her books. When sitting in Australia and the pangs of homesickness stirs, I reach for a novel and am immediately transported to my beloved Cornwall. As a travel writer I write and speak on Cornwall a great deal and entice people to involve themselves in a du Maurier novel then go seek the sites of inspiration. They are never disappointed. Timeless are her works and a wonder, to immerse ourselves in places and times that leaves our troubled world far behind. Suzie Money Perth Australia
Suzie Money <>
- Friday, May 31, 2002 at 14:45:03 (BST)
Nice site! I have enjoyed Daphne's work for several years now but I am now wanting to find a copy of Enchanted Cornwall - does anyone have any ideas?
Justin McLoughlin <>
- Friday, May 31, 2002 at 12:20:45 (BST)
I love Daphne DuMaurier's books,especially Rebecca. I am searching for the video of the BBC Production of Rebecca made in 1978, starring Jeremy Brett, Johanna David and Anna Massey. Would appreciate if anyone knows how to get this video.
Sandra J <>
- Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 21:50:45 (BST)
Yo quiero Daphne du Maurier. Le gustaria su libros? Feliz cumplianos! Tengo un cuchillo grande. No me gusta leer, porque es muy fenominal. Soy especial! adios amigos!
Hannah <>
- Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 22:55:42 (BST)
Hello. I would just like to comment that I really enjoy the Daphne DuMarier books. They are so inspirational to me. They make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. They have changed my life by providing a means of escaping from my boring life. Thank you so much, Daphne DuMarier! I'm your biggest fan!!! Sincerely, Natalie
Natalie <>
- Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 22:50:47 (BST)
well after years and years I finaly took currage and start reading Daphne I find myself in a possition..i want to read mrs de winter and cann't seem to find there anyone who can give me a tip as to where I might find it..would be great....
monica <>
- Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 21:59:15 (BST)
Sir Arthur Quiller Couch(also known as Q) lived in Fowey for many, many years until his death in 1944. He wrote several novels about Troy Town, which was the fictional name that he gave to Fowey. During the recent Daphne du Maurier Festival I went down to the town library to have a look at the exhibition they were holding there on the life and works of Q in words and pictures. There was a quote from one of his Troy Town books that I liked more than any of the others, "Troy, narrow streets, full of friends". It must have been written nearly a hundred years ago, but it is still so relevant, because when you go to Fowey today you could say the same - "Fowey, narrow streets, full of friends". I was fortunate enough to be able to stay for the whole ten days of the Daphne du Maurier Festival this year. I stayed in Fowey with Sam and other friends that I have made because of the Festival over the years, some visitors, but many who live in Fowey, and we all had a marvelous time. Fowey is such a welcoming place and the Festival is a very well organised occasion, with events to suit everyones tastes. I went to about twenty events as I wanted to have time to enjoy just being in Fowey as well. The various events I enjoyed were the talks by Helen Doe, Judith Cook and Diana Norman, the highly entertaining Kit and the Widow, the beautiful Flower Festivals at both Tregaminion Church and St Fimbarras Church, and the two plays of Daphne du Maurier's books. The Polruan Theatre Club put on a very good and accurate version of My Cousin Rachel and the Tywardreath Players exceeded their already excellent record by producing Frenchmans Creek at Pont in a setting that made you believe that you had stepped right into the pages of Daphne du Maurier's book. It was also lovely to see Daphne du Maurier's son and daughter-in-law (Kits and Hacker) and her two daughters (Tessa and Flavia) enjoying events at the Festival. I wonder what Daphne du Maurier herself would have made of it all. Did anyone else who reads this page, go to the Festival and enjoy it as much as I did?
Ann <>
- Monday, May 27, 2002 at 08:31:33 (BST)
elizabeth graham <elizajayg@aol,com>
- Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 23:41:46 (BST)
I am putting together a Literary Britain Tour in 2003 which will feature the DuMaurier Festival. I invite participants from North America, Australia & new Zealand, Europe and anywhere else ! If you are interested in knowing more please contact me on
Frank Wharram <>
- Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 06:00:35 (BST)
I move reading your books !!!!!
- Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 02:11:47 (BST)
I was wondering if anybody have any summaries on the book Jamaica Inn. It would be very helpful if you could help me out with this for my report. I just don't find the book that interesting and I just don't want to read it anymore. help wolud be awesome. THANX A BUNCH.
ashley <>
- Monday, May 20, 2002 at 16:38:50 (BST)
There doesnt seem to be any up to date information about daphnes family.For example I would like to know if any of her family are still living at ferryside, or at kilmarth, or menabilly..What happened to kits children? Where are they living ? It would be so very interesting to know...Also, the television interviews by cliff michaelmore do not work on the websit... I think these need updating and the video clips dont seem to work either... oh well all for the moans..If anybody would like to email me with regards to Daphnes "works" I would be happy to reply
nicke <>
- Monday, May 20, 2002 at 11:48:24 (BST)
En lisant "Rebecca" on a effectivement l'impression que Rebecca et madame Danvers sont homosexuelles. Cependant, il serait plus intéressant de penser qu'il existe entre elles une relation mystérieuse dont la nature nous échappe. Ce serait plus intéressant sur un plan strictement romanesque.
Pierre <>
- Friday, May 17, 2002 at 21:13:10 (BST)
Therese, maybe you are right. I know that Hitchcock intentionally played-up homosexual tendencies in many of his films (Rope for example). But I do think that Danvers was far too obsessed with Rebecca to account for mere "sisterly" love. Not to mention at the end of the book Danvers makes a big point of saying that Rebecca despised all men. It might just be wishful thinking on my part, but the whole affair seemed a little gay. I do appreciate your insight though! :)
Ann <>
- Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 17:47:34 (BST)
I think it is almost too easy to jump to the conclusion that there are lesbian tendancies between Danvers ans Rebecca and I think many people have been too quick to jump to that conclusion. I would like to think that there is something deeper, more mysterious that had occured between the too - a deep almost sisterly love or admiration rather than one of sexual feeling. I believe it is something less obvious than this but that is only my view!!!!
Therese <>
- Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 09:04:08 (BST)
I have both read the book Rebecca and have seen the film. It seems to me there is a definite lesbian overtone concerning the relationship between Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca. Did anyone else get this vibe?
Ann <>
- Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 22:14:53 (BST)
Flaubert a dit " Madame Bovary, c'est moi !" Eh bien, je dis "Madame De Winter, c'est moi à 20 ans !". Je n'ai hélas aucun talent d'écrivain contrairement à flaubert...
Pierre <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 17:40:43 (BST)
Je viens de Clermont-Ferrand qui se situe en Auvergne, dans le Massif Central. Je peux aussi bien me reconnaître dans des personnages masculins que dans des peronnages féminins. Ce qui compte avant tout, c'est l'état d'esprit des gens et non leur appartenance à un sexe plutôt qu'à un autre. J'aime l'ambiance de "Rebecca", ses personnages, les situations parfois théâtrales, la psychologie des personnages, les idées qui traversent l'esprit de la seconde Madame De Winter, la description des repas, des pâtisseries, les paysages, la situation mystérieuse. Le début du roman est très joliment écrit :"J'ai rêvé l'autre nuit que je retournais à Manderley...". J'aime une scène dans laquelle Madame de Winter salue une paysanne de la main car cette scène est terrible. En effet, on essaie dans cette scène de saisir un instant fugitif qui à peine esquissé appartient déjà au passé...Les deux adaptations de ce roman, l'une au cinéma, l'autre à la télévision m'ont plu. C'est cependant la version télévisée qui doit dater des années 70 qui me plaît le plus. Elle est plus fidèle au roman. Je n'ai pas étudié ce roman en classe ni à l'université. Daphné Du Maurier ne fait pas partie en France des auteurs étudiés en classe parce que ce qu'elle écrit n'est pas assez ennuyeux ! Je sais que l'on trouve souvent de nombreux exemplaires des romans de Daphné Du Maurier d'occasion, sur les marchés aux puces, chez les libraires, qui sont en France des "Best sellers".
Pierre <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 13:48:41 (BST)
Pierre - it is so nice to see your identification with Mrs De Winter as you are quite right this should also appeal to the male readers - how refreshing! From where in France do you come from? Are you studying Du Maurier - your passion for her seems very strong! Therese
Therese <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 11:54:27 (BST)
Je ne parle pas assez bien anglais pour faire mes commentaires dans cette langue. Je suis français et j'adore les écrivains anglo-saxons. Mes préférés sont Daphné Du Maurier, Barbara Pym et Elizabeth Von Arnim. Je suis fasciné depuis l'âge de 16 ans par les romans de Daphné Du Maurier. J'en ai 35 à présent et ils me plaisent toujours. Celui qui m'a le plus marqué est "Rebecca"... Il m'a longtemps fait rêver... Je suis un homme mais je me suis identifié à la timide Madame De Winter qui réagit un peu comme moi quand j'avais 20 ans ! Beaucoup de gens je crois se sont identifiés à cette héroïne. Ces gens ne sont pas forcément tous des femmes. J'ai entendu dire que Daphné Du Maurier avait eu un procès pour plagiat à la suite de la publication de "Rebecca" et qu'elle avait bien sûr gagné son procès. Je suis en train de lire "Vera" de Elizabeth Von Arnim et je trouve que ce roman a des points communs avec "Rebecca". Etais-ce cet écrivain qui aurait fait un procès à Daphné Du Maurier en croyant que cette dernière a plagié son roman ? J'aimerais correspondre et pourquoi pas rencontrer des personnes qui comme moi s'intéressent à la littérature. Ecrivez-moi sur mon email, je vous répondrai. Vous pouvez m'écrire en anglais car je suis capable de lire cette langue, mais j'ai des difficultés pour l'écrire.
Pierre <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:34:37 (BST)
Je ne parle pas assez bien anglais pour faire mes commentaires dans cette langue. Je suis français et j'adore les écrivains anglo-saxons. Mes préférés sont Daphné Du Maurier, Barbara Pym et Elizabeth Von Arnim. Je suis dfasciné depuis l'âge de 16 ans par les romans de Daphné Du Maurier. J'en ai 35 à présent et ils me plaisent toujours. Celui qui m'a le plus marqué est "Rebecca"... Il m'a longtemps fait rêver... Je suis un homme mais je me suis identifié à la timide Ma
Pierre <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:28:59 (BST)
Je ne parle pas assez bien anglais pour faire mes commentaires dans cette langue. Je suis français et j'adore les écrivains anglo-saxons. Mes préférés sont Daphné Du Maurier, Barbara Pym et Elizabeth Von Arnim. Je suis dfasciné depuis l'âge de 16 ans par les romans de Daphné Du Maurier. J'en ai 35 à présent et ils me plaisent toujours. Celui qui m'a le plus marqué est "Rebecca"... Il m'a longtemps fait rêver... Je suis un homme mais je me suis identifié à la timide Ma
Pierre <>
- Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:28:58 (BST)
Pat, Many thanks for responding to my request so quickly! My email address is and I would be so grateful for any information you could give me! Many thanks again Therese
Therese <>
- Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 11:54:07 (BST)
What a biographical adventure into the life of our favorite goddess of romance writing! This site captures the icon's classical imagery, yet still leaves readers and writiers inspired to know more about her life, personal and profession. This site is well-organized, well-researched, and should be commended for their philosophical intent. Without a doubt, Daphne du Maurier spirit is between the lines of each link. Well done!
ellen fortson <>
- Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 11:07:04 (BST)
I've just found this site - my admiration and fondness for all Daphne Du Maurie novels goes back years - as long as I can remeber fami9ly holidays spent in Cornwall ( and also West Cork )The interweaving of past/present particularly fascinate me - I can't ( musn't claim a favourite but I've given up counting how many times I've read and re-read The house on the strand - why is it not yet a film ? - also I'll never be young again - and the breathtaking Loving Spirit . Whilst my interest is not scholarly - although in my dotage it yet may become this -if I have any spare time it is to reach for one of her well thumbed novels . This year we are taking our two boys to Cornwall - King Harry Ferry and St Just in Roseland beckon - so does Daphne !
margaret nixon <>
- Friday, May 10, 2002 at 15:10:15 (BST)
I couldn't get to sleep very well this night and was picturing walking over Bodmin Moor in my mind. It worked for awhile but then I wanted to know more about Daphne duMaurier, as I have read her books for the majority of my lifetime. My absolute favorite is House on the Strand and I am SO envious of those who will get to attend the festival starting TODAY! in Tywardreath. It is my dream someday to visit Cornwall and all the sites mentioned in her books. To whomever keeps up this website - THANK YOU! Rebecca
Rebecca <>
- Friday, May 10, 2002 at 12:11:40 (BST)
Therese, Can you post your email address so I can send you some info.
Pat <>
- Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 21:41:53 (BST)
Hello there! I am currently writing my MA thesis on Du Maurier and I am particularly interested in her early writing and I believe there are some short stories that she wrote that were written before even her first novel and were published as a collection by Bantam books in 1959. I am dedperate for a copy of this and just wondered whether any one had a copy or knows where I can get one! Can anyone help me! pleasseeeeeeeeeee !
Therese Reinheimer-Jones
- Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 08:55:26 (BST)
Hi Sam, Ann and others I do hope we get a chance to say hello during the du Maurier festival. I enjoy your contributions to this page. Sam, we share the same enjoyment of many good authors. I am currently putting the finishing touches to my session with Ella Westland on Daphne's early influences, so if by chance you will be there, will welcome your houghts/comments on this and my book.
Helen Doe <>
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 12:46:52 (BST)
Does anyone know what the second Mrs. de Winter's name was. I know why the literary device was used; I just am so curious if researchers or fan clubs know? (or the earlier person asking the question. )
Linda <>
- Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 01:11:12 (BST)
Hello, I have a copyright of the Frenchman's Creek 1941,1942. The front cover only bears the engraved signature D.Du M. I tried to send this message via copyright issues with no avail.
Monique Larocque <>
- Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 22:34:15 (BST)
Hello Ann, Many thanks for your latest review, I haven't read it yet, but fully expect it to be as interesting, and useful, as your previous ones! Coincidentally, I had found a copy of 'I'll Never Be Young Again' at a car boot sale, and at about the same time as your splendid review of this early book of Daphne's. Even at a young age, Daphne seems to have had a less than rosie view of the human condition doesn't she? My reading of the book now is being greatly enhanced by having the bare bones of the plot that you have provided, and my understanding of the characters is being made much easier; so thank you very much for your assistance! Some might not like to have a prior knowledge of what the plot has in store, but that doesn't bother me at all. After all, I have read Lord of the Rings repeatedly, and my enjoyment there too is actually improved by my for-knowledge! I look forward to meeting you and David at Fowey next month for the Festival, together with all my fellow duMaurier 'buffs'. I do hope I imply no disrespect by my constant reference to 'Daphne'. I'm aware that such a form of address might be construed as disrespectful, but I certainly do not intend it so; but 'Miss du Maurier', or 'Lady Browning', seem so much less concise, (or as I intend it-respectfully affectionate!) Best Wishes.
- Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 08:55:19 (BST)
This is just a message to say that I have written the review for Rebecca and posted it onto the Book Review page. I apologise for the delay, but I have been dealing with a family crisis that has taken all my time for a few weeks. I am gradually reviewing all of Daphne du Maurier's novels, in the order that she wrote them. I hope they are going to be useful to the students who have been set Daphne's books and interesting to the many people who love her work. If any of you would like to write a review on any of Daphne's books you can e-mail it to me and then I can post it on to the Book Review page as well. It can be as short or long as you like and it would be really good to get some other reviews because there is always room for lots of different opinions.
Ann <a,>
- Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 21:42:34 (BST)
Hi to the student who is looking for The Scapegoat and to anyone looking for copies of Daphne du Mauriers books. There is a good secondhad book site in the UK at and in the US at I have used both these sites and the always have lots of Daphne's books for sale.Ann.
Ann <>
- Friday, April 19, 2002 at 08:08:18 (BST)
Hi everyone! Do you need any help with D. D. M.'s books?
Stacky <>
- Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 10:12:39 (BST)
Hey everyone it's me again! Have you any idea where I can find Daphne Du Maurier's 'The Scapegoat' on the internet? Write to me if you have any ideas. Thanks
Stacky <>
- Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 09:59:40 (BST)
Hey everyone! Why are you on this site? I am looking for a complete text of the scapegoat because my crap library at school doesn't have it. I need it for a school project. So if anyone knows on which website IK can get it please e-mail me. Thanks
Stacky <>
- Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 09:35:57 (BST)
For those who appreciated Daphne's first novel, a new book 'Jane Slade of Polruan' by Helen Doe, has just been published. This is an account of a family of shipbuilders in this Cornish village. The story inspired young Daphne du Maurier to write her first novel 'The Loving Spirit'. Illustrated with contemporary prints and photographs, there are additional photographs by Christian du Maurier Browning. Go to
John Baxendale
- Monday, April 08, 2002 at 00:57:01 (BST)
PLEASE review Rebecca!! I have to sit an exam on it and it would be REEEEEEEALLY good if you had it on the the site
claire <>
- Friday, April 05, 2002 at 22:40:55 (BST)
Why is the new Mrs. DeWinter's first name never mentioned in "Rebecca"
Donna <>
- Friday, April 05, 2002 at 03:29:17 (BST)
I'm back again still trying to obtain a copy of the 1982 version of Jamaica Inn on video. Plllleeease can anyone help me i'm desperate.
Linda James <>
- Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 17:12:27 (BST)
Could someone please tell me contact details for Daphne's estate as regards to Film and Television Rights availabilty for her books ? Many Thanks.
- Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 14:49:21 (BST)
I have been a duMaurier smoker for over 15 years and I am very disappointed in the last few cartons of cigarettes I have purchased. The quality seems to have gone down hill considering I end up with dry, stale cigarettes and I feel that they are of poor quality.
Robin LaRosee <>
- Monday, April 01, 2002 at 22:58:22 (BST)
Here is a collector of du Maurier books, maybe you will find a book you have always been looking for.
Cheryl <>
- Monday, March 25, 2002 at 09:39:23 (GMT)
I'm writing a twelve part research paper on the novel "Rebecca" for my English class, and I'm supposed to use secondary sources but I'm having a hard time locating any. If anyone knows any websites, books or anything where I can find some literary critique of the novel, please e-mail me and let me know. Thank you!
Rebecca <>
- Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 20:23:07 (GMT)
Trilby drawing original George du Maurier. I have what is believed to be a number of sketches on two pages concerning 5 acts of Trilby. I believe this to be an original because in the background you can see the blue outline sketches before the work was actually completed as well as a number of changes that were made as the drawing was in process. I believe that this was never intended to be released to the public and may be the first drawings of Trilby and the others. If anyone could tell me any more about this I would be very happy and willing to forward a copy of the photographs I have taken.
D. DuPont JR. <>
- Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 14:38:50 (GMT)
hey! I was just wonderin if anyone out there knew where I could buy the movie "rebecca"? I read the book and I really want to buy the movie for my mom cuz shes a big fan too.if u could email me if u have any info that would be great.
Jessi <>
- Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 23:41:09 (GMT)
hey! I was just wonderin if anyone out there knew where I could buy the movie "rebecca"? I read the book and I really want to buy the movie for my mom cuz shes a big fan too.if u could email me if u have any info that would be great.
Jessi <>
- Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 23:40:42 (GMT)
Would anyone be able to help me locate the copyright holder for REBECCA? I'm hoping to obtain rights for an adaptation I am working on.
John A. <>
- Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 19:11:54 (GMT)
Rebecca was not particularly my genre, but I have found the book to be rather entertaining. I would not have thought to read this book, but I was assigned Rebecca for my English class. I am quite surprised at the way the book has turned out for me. I can say that reading Rebecca is not all that bad, though it is a requirement.
Jonathan <>
- Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 06:16:01 (GMT)
I had to read Jamaica Inn for a book REport and personaly did not enjoy one bit of it, the only reason I cane to this site was to see if I could find a summary on the book cuz I didnt wanna finish it
- Monday, March 18, 2002 at 01:03:04 (GMT)
I read "The Key to Rebecca" by Ken Follet a couple of years ago and found it an entertaining story. The book, "Rebecca," was used as a book code by a German agent and, as the title suggests, an important goal for the protagonist was to find the key to the code - meaning the book used. I don't think I considered the question if "Rebecca" was an actual book or not, but today, in front of a used bookstore here in Boston, the shopkeeper had set out among other free castoff books a 1943 edition of "Rebecca." The author's name rang a bell, as did the title, and when I read the opening sentence, "Last night a dreamt I went to Manderley again," I made the connection, as Follet had quoted that in his book. I've just begun reading it, and it has drawn me in immediately. I am thrilled that there is a Web site dedicated to this novelist and I expect to become a fan.
John Thornquist <>
- Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 23:16:58 (GMT)
does anyone have anything to say regarding daphne hampson; or perhaps any views on mael using violence to maintain power over women? That would be helpful for my studies at secondary school
- Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 17:23:09 (GMT)
a review of Rebecca would be good
- Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 14:50:01 (GMT)
Thank You for this wonderful website! My mother is a great fan of Daphne DuMaurier. She was reading her books when pregnant with me. She was so impressed by Madam DuMaurier then that she gave me her name when I was born that September of 1966 in Evreux, France. I have enjoyed learning about Daphne DuMaurier, my namesake, myself.
Daphne C. <>
- Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 20:13:41 (UTC)
Hello Sam, Lovely! Thank you for your trouble! I am allways impressed by the friendly British! That's why I am so to speak anglophile :-) By the way - as I am a friend of English literature, I have got several favourite writers. Daphne du Maurier is one of my very favourite. As a child I saw the film "Rebecca" and I was already enthusiastic about the landscape. I asked my mother where it was and she told me about Cornwall. I fell in love with this area and later with Daphne's novels. My favourite one is "My cousin Rachel". Miss Goudge's novels are pretty British; that seems charming to me. Yes, you are right, "perceptive" - that hits the nail on the head. The bookshop in Looe seems the best to me, because our holiday home will be in Herodsfoot. Have a nice day, Brigitte
Brigitte Adler <>
- Monday, February 25, 2002 at 14:15:45 (UTC)
Thanks Anne,for telling us about Daphne du Maurier's sister Angela. Her loss will be a sad blow to those who love her! And lets say a prayer, in whatever language, and to whoever we acknowledge as our creator, for the lives of those who have gone on ahead. It's a real sadness that all our lives, however meaningful, are so fleeting! Not an original opinion I know, but heartfelt! I think particularly of our dear friend in Cornwall who is desperately ill.
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 23:57:13 (UTC)
Everyone who looks at this site and is an admirer of Daphne du Maurier will be sad to know that her sister Angela died on 5 February. Angela was Daphne's older sister, she was born on 1 March 1904. She was born and brought up in London but had lived at Ferryside in Fowey, Cornwall from the 1930's intil 1993 when she returned to London to live in a nursing home. Angela took the part of Wendy in Peter Pan on the London stage during the 1924-25, and 1925-26 seasons and she wrote a number of novels, short stories and biographys. Though less well known than her famous sister, she was another talented member of an exeptionally talented family.
Ann <>
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 20:03:57 (UTC)
Hello Brigitte, You might find a copy of The Herb of Grace in secondhand bookshops in any of the places you mention, they are all provided with outlets, I think. Certainly there is 'Bookends' just opposite the duMaurier Festival shop in Fowey, and I once was locked in a second hand bookshop in Looe-accidentally I think! I remember THAT shop vividly! In the run up to your visit, I will keep an eye on shops and carboot sales around here; I will let you know if I am lucky. I've just looked at my own copy and it's from a book sale and cost me very little indeed, which is splendid really, given that, like you, I love Miss Goudge's lovely, perceptive stories. Her writings seem so much less gritty than Daphne's, but perhaps- dare I say it here-'warmer' I rather expect torrents of abuse from other contributors, but must 'say as I find', to coin a phrase! I'll be in Fowey for the whole of the Festival, so if I find Herb of Grace for you, we'll arrange a transfer there, if that seems OK, perhaps on the Town Quay, or propped up against a bar somewhere!
Sam <>
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 18:24:32 (UTC)
Hello Sam, Thanks a lot for your comments to my message in January which I have just discovered. And thank you for the good hints. I also found your comment about Elizabeth Goudge. As I like her books too, particularly the Eliot-Trilogy, I am looking for "The Herb of Grace". I think it is out of print, isn't it? Or do you have any idea where I could buy it in my next holidays in Fowey, Looe, Polperro or Liskeard??? Brigitte
Brigitte Adler <>
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 17:36:33 (UTC)
This ol' gurl christine again in english class .Iam still doing my research paper. It needs to be about ten pages long at least she said ,but I can't fing that much informationon her. I keep on finding the same sorts of info on her .I can't find anything new and it's due NEXT WEEK!!!And I don't have time after school cuz I work then after work I chill with my best friends. So if you guys know where I can get different new info shout me a holla******
Christine SOULFLY C/O 03
L.C baby, LA USA duh - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 18:26:32 (UTC)
Sorry Hania and everybody-Joan Fontaine was in REBECCA, and not My Cousin Rachel of course; wish it was my DELIBERATE mistake. Sorreee!
- Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 08:07:21 (UTC)
Hello Hania, My Cousin Rachel WAS made into a film about fifty years ago, starring a very young Richard Burton, and Olivia de Havilland. It was a black and white film and was as moody,and atmospheric as the book! And like the book, the film was quite ambiguous-WAS "Rachel,my torment", a murderess or not? Incidentally, Olivia de Havilland was actually SISTER to Joan Fontaine, who played the second young, frightened wife in My Cousin Rachel. Interesting! Best Wishes
Sam <>
- Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 08:04:39 (UTC)
Right now I am doing a research paper on Dapne Du Maurier,when I first started I didn't know anything about her. I didn't even know who she was .I just picked her name from the list.Now I know about her and what she accomplished .She seemed like a cool person.Iam glad I chose her.I know I'll get at least a decent grade.peace out!!
Christine SOULFLY C/O 03
L.C baby, LA - Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 18:42:19 (UTC)
This is a reply to Edward, who has the project of being an estate agent selling Manderlay. There is a book called "Literary Houses - Ten Famous Houses in Fiction" by Rosalind Ashe. It includes ten chapters with each one describing a house from a well known novel such as Jay Gatsby's house in "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald and Northhanger Abbey from Jane Austin's book of the same name. One of the chapters in the book is about Rebecca and includes drawings of the groud floor, the first floor, some of the rooms, the staircase and outside views of the house, the beech and the gates of Manderlay. The book is all pure make-believe of cause, but if you can get hold of a copy it would certainly give you some ideas for your project. The book was published by Facts on File Inc, New York in 1982, ISBN 0 87196 676 X. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Ann.
- Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 23:05:17 (UTC)
I have realised thatin my last note I put beautiful Cornwall instead of enchanted Cornwall so it must be beautiful & enchanted.I have also just read Rule Brittainia sourced for me by my daughter in a s/h book shop in Melbourne Aust. Would now like The Kings General Good luck for the festival I hope to make the Festival and once again walk in the steps of my Cornish ancestors. Norma Wilson (NZ)
- Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 21:42:21 (UTC)
ESTATE AGENT TRYING TO SELL MANDERLY I have been reading 'Rebecca' in English and we have been set a project to write as an estate agent trying to sell the house. We have to include a suitable photo, a floor plan for both levals, a description of each room, a summary, EVERYTHING! It is going to be really hard but quite fun.
Edward Stambollouian <>
- Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 15:18:27 (UTC)
Hi everyone! Thank you for this beautiful website on Daphne Du Maurier. It is beautiful and a fit one for the great author who has enthralled her fans with her magic
Chitra <>
- Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 04:43:12 (UTC)
Can someone please get in touch with D du M's son and ask him if anyone has ever offered to make "My Cousin Rachel" into a movie. It should be done and that, I think ,is her best book. Does any one know of a production of that book that starred Geraldine Chaplin?
- Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 01:32:47 (UTC)
Can someone please get in touch with D du M's son and ask him if anyone has ever offered to make "My Cousin Rachel" into a movie. It should be done and that, I think ,is her best book. Does any one know of a production of that book that starred Geraldine Chaplin?
- Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 01:32:01 (UTC)
Daphne Du Maurier has influenced my life for the past 50 years. She was (and is) the greatest writer of the century. She contributed to my thoughts and ideas and kept my sanity when things were "tough". I have admired her so much that my husband and I traveled to Cornwall to vacation years ago, and then a few years later stopped at PAR to say a prayer for her when she was ill, shortly before she died. My heart is full of admiration for the greatest contributor of the century. Tjank you.
Lynn De Foe Rhodes <>
- Friday, February 15, 2002 at 20:45:31 (UTC)
A lovely Website I am quite sure that A Loving Spirit is my favourite book, as a decendant of Cornish Great Grandparents one of whom was a Rashleigh my other constant companion is D.DuM Beautiful Cornwall. Norma
- Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 01:08:08 (UTC)
I am trying to locate a short story by duMaurier about a murder without a motive.
bob <>
- Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 18:59:08 (UTC)
Canadian David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls) and Playboy Playmate Julie McCullough (Growing Pains) were married November 10, 2001 in Las Vegas.
Jessica <>
- Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 16:03:12 (UTC)
your book ' jamaica inn ' is so wonderful,you are a talented writer thank you lorna nickson, gareth gates fan!!!!
lorna nickson <>
- Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 19:08:41 (UTC)
Thanks for your review of I'll Never Be Young again, Anne. you encourage me to read the book myself soon, realizing from your contribution that there will be much therein for me to appreciate. Particularly, Daphne's understanding of some people's need to live a solitary life. When I was younger, I felt some jealousy of those I saw then as fortunate enough to enjoy 'relationships'. As I have aged, I have come to realize that it seems possible to live a fulfilling life OUTSIDE of a 'one to one'comittment; and also to 'seize the moment' It does sound too as if Daphne had an almost precocious awareness of what motivates people's actions, way behond what we associate with her generation generally- why do we assume earlier generations were automatically so much less sophisticated, and aware, than we are! Cause and effect fascinate me too and there sounds much to ponder in I'll Never Be Young Again!' Many thanks for another splendid review; I await the next with 'bated breath'. Incidentally everyone,'I'm reading Elizabeth Goudge's Autobiography 'The Joy of the Snow'. She wrote in a vastly different style to Daphne du Maurier, but under a veneer of 'twee-ness', she too had a very sharp, though probably more humourous and affectionate view of the human condition. Her story 'The Deans Watch' remains one of my favourites! Is my memory overly selective- much as I enjoy Daphne's books, I don't associate HER books with Humour! Best Wishes everybody! Sam
- Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 09:13:31 (UTC)
-and the above contribution should have been addressed to my friend Anne Willmore! What a 'stupid boy' I am!
- Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 09:43:25 (UTC)
Many congratulations upon your first review for this new resource; I thought it sharp, perceptive, precise, and well balanced. Everything indeed that I could not be; I'm sure that any attempt of mine would be sufficiently muddled to totally confuse any potential reader. Good luck with your future contributions, generations of students will have cause to thank you. Best wishes to you and David, and I look forward to our next happy meeting in lovely Fowey in May! Sam
- Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 19:07:28 (UTC)
Very good Book review, I look forward to reading the next ones. It will be a great help to other people who need info on the stories. Well done to who thought of doing this. Patrick
- Friday, February 08, 2002 at 21:48:17 (UTC)
Hi Erin, The book is "Infernal World of Patrick Bronte" You may get one from Haworth Parsonage Museum Bookshop, Keighley,Bradford. I bought one from 'Bookends', Fowey when I visited the duMaurier Festival! Loretta
Loretta <>
- Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 21:31:56 (UTC)
As always when a modern author undertakes to write a sequel to a classic novel, I wondered if Sally Beauman's "Rebecca's Tale" would be just one more book destined for the remaindered table. Guess what - it's WONDERFUL! And only *adds* to my love for and enjoyment of the original! Thank you, Ms. Beauman, for your wonderful work, one of the few sequels worth of the name!
Christine <>
- Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 18:07:01 (UTC)
Does anyone know where I can secure a copy of "The Infernal Life of Branwell Bronte"?
Erin Karre <>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 23:33:55 (UTC)
*ATTENTION all du Maurier lovers* if anybody has any information about her short story "The Birds" please send it to my email in desperate need!!! thanx!
Erica <>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 14:55:20 (UTC)
I have just finished reading Rule Brittania and I thought it was very interesting. And yes I agree that these students should read the books before asking for help.
Pat <>
- Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 23:23:47 (UTC)
Hi Chris Looking forward to the festival again this year. Hope you can make it! Loretta du Bronte
Loretta <>
- Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 23:39:29 (UTC)
I love Rebecca! One of the finest novels I have read. This novel has inspired me to continue with my passion for writing.
- Monday, January 28, 2002 at 18:35:18 (UTC)
I loved the short story, "No Motive". It is a very good detective story. Has she written any more of these detective stories? Most of the stories I have found have a supernatural element. Please let me know if she had written any more regular detective stories without the supernatural element. I would really like to read them. Thanks.
Mary Jean Offenburger <>
- Monday, January 28, 2002 at 08:03:48 (UTC)
SEEKING REBECCA RESEARCH AND VALID CRITICISM RESOURCES!!! Any ideas and help?Please email me. I am a student doing a paper on du Maurier's Rebecca and have found little resource. Please Help!
Audrey <>
- Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 22:40:50 (UTC)
hello everyone.I wonder if anyone could do me a favor? I'm working on my papers nowadays and my subject is about REBECCA .My deadline is coming but I even did nothing formally. please help me in any espect. could you give me any suggestion on how to choose a right topic to narrow down or send me any materials ? thank you very much. I am in great need of your help.
kimberlery <>
- Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 17:04:18 (UTC)
D DuM's boat YGDRASIL II will shortly be fully restored and recommissioned, and is currently in a small boatyard in Devon (UK). It is for sale, and if anybody is interested, contact me at for more details.
tim hampson <>
- Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 06:36:25 (UTC)
Hello Brigitte, I hope your visit to Fowey is a happy one; it is a lovely place. I have been staying there for years, and the last three Festivals have been the happiest, most interesting holidays I can remember. If you hope to attend any of the events in the Festival, I hope you will be able to arrange tickets before you go to Fowey. The Festival programme is out around the beginning of February on this site, with booking details. Best Wishes
Sam <>
- Monday, January 21, 2002 at 21:06:34 (UTC)
Hello, as I am visiting lovely Cornwall in April/May I am looking forward to joining the festival. It is starting on the day before I am leaving Cornwall. So I am lucky, Greatings from Germany, Brigitte
Brigitte Adler <>
- Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 14:28:05 (UTC)
I am a big fan of Daphne du Maurier, if you haven't read all her books, and want a certain one. Email me and see if I have it for sale, I have quite a few!
Cheryl <>
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 13:20:35 (UTC)
Hi there, I smoke du Maurier extra light, and the last pack had a problem. The filter paper was not properly placed on the filter. This caused a problem because I wanted a smoke, and the only ones left had a problem with the filter. From within the same pack, two cigarettes had a problem with the filter. Is there anything that you can do for this? I heard that if I send you the damaged product, that I will be re-embursed? Is this true? Please inform me through my e-mail. Anita
Anita Hekman <>
- Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 13:31:56 (UTC)
oh yeah... the book is on Rebecca
- Monday, January 14, 2002 at 01:56:58 (UTC)
DaYaMz yO! sOmeOne FreGGin heLp MeEeH! I like the book, dont get me wrong, buh I need the summary of the book cuz mah book report is due tomorrow and I have no clue what so ever is going to happen cuz im onle3 in the middle of the book... so someone plz email me a summary... itll be deeply appericiated... manGz send it by todai cuz its due tomorrow...
Dee <>
- Monday, January 14, 2002 at 01:55:14 (UTC)
I'm doing a project and I need to find a literary critisism on "The House on the Strand" I coundnt find one at my library. any suggestions where to look??
Luca Madonia <>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 23:44:04 (UTC)
I have been reading the suggestions about having a page for reviews of Daphne's books to help the students with their course work. I am one of the people who have had a bit of a grumble about the messages asking for help with pieces of work that they have to do by tomorrow without actually reading the book! I think a page for reviews and guidance on Daphne's books would be a really good idea for two reasons, firstly it would help with the course work and secondly it would tempt new readers to try Daphne's books, because it would make them want to know more.
Ann <>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 19:35:21 (UTC)
Hi Sam, The easiest thing to do would be to set up an automatic posting page, like this one, but the danger (as usual) is one of inappropriate postings. That said, there have been virtually no postings on this page that have required my intervention. The only other method is to submit by email and review them manually, then categorize them; a time-consuming, if rewarding business. Unless there are any volunteers out there who might wish to take it on?
John Baxendale
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 13:09:09 (UTC)
Hello John, Firstly may I thank you for this website, dedicated as it is to wonderful Daphne. Enjoying Daphne du Maurier's writings as I do, I appreciate your providing me,and everyone else, I suppose, with the outlet for our thoughts on the subject. As one who has grumped about students wanting help with their project work in the past, I do wonder if I am really being fair. As a learning tool, the web is splendid, and denying students the information they require might be seen as unhelpful, to say the least. The sheer volume of work entailed in compiling the addional webpage for reviews might be considerable, although once up and running, it could provide a separate focal point for students, separate from the general contibutions that enthusiasts provide. Do you think John that that reviews etcetera that contributors find, might be forwarded to you on this page, or by Email, for your possible inclusion in the Review/Learning Facility! What do my fellow contributors feel about John's potentially useful idea? Sam
Sam <>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 08:14:50 (GMT)
hello daphne lovers....well I am in somewha of a bind...ihave to write an essay about Jamaica Inn and I cannot find information on th characters:Francis Davey ,Joss Merlyn, Jem Merlyn...i need to find out some character traits and physical traits,also must find examples that prove those traits...please answer soon..i have one day to turn it in....your help will be very appreciated
alex <>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 22:23:59 (GMT)
Ever since this guestbook was set up, there has been a steady stream of students seeking a review of Rebecca, or other book, as a short cut to getting their homework or project completed on time. I appreciate that this has been to the annoyance of many regular contributors, and that the students really should READ the book themselves, and form their own opinions. Students will be students, I guess, and the internet is the first thing they try these days, by way of research. Perhaps I should 'go with the flow' on this one, and provide a facility where reviews of Daphne's novels can be posted? Are there any views about this?
John Baxendale <>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 20:49:04 (GMT)
Hi! I have only recently discovered Daphne du Maurier (last week). I've read 3 of her books (Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, and Rebecca) and I love them all. I was just wondering what other books of hers should I get next and what movie versions of her books are worth seeing? One other thing---where can I get a hold of any play versions of any of the books? Any one who has any answeres or just loves Daphne du Maurier---please e-mail me.
Hester <>
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 18:26:57 (GMT)
I feel reeeeally...stupid...writing this, but as amazed as I am by the poignant tale of "My Cousin Rachel", I don't understand the purpose of the very last sentence. What is it supposed to mean or symbolise? The circular sentence structure is cool but I don't get what happens! I've tried asking people but they say it should be obvious...!?!
Clueless <>
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 04:40:22 (GMT)
Hi umm Im writing 4 different papers for my english class on your book Rebecca and I was wondering if I could as a few questions relating to the topics that were given to me. Umm first how does the novel Rebecca fit in with the themes of "conflicts of cultures and values" and "the individual and society" Second I have to develope a thesis statement about the use of color throughout the novel, and I didn't want to use red because that was the whole cover of the book thing and my teacher would do back flips. Umm but I have to provide adequate details to show how the author used the color to support my thesis. So I was thinking I could use blue, and that could represent sort of happiness umm yeah but thats a little unstable. So I need help and I have to write a prequel to the novel to fill in the missing gaps in Rebecca's past prior to her marriage to Maxim. The things that she says no one should hear. What would these things be and why did they happen. And my fourth paper I have under control. So yeah you can see I need a lot of help umm so my email addy is up there if anyone has any suggestions for me I would be very obliged for the help. So if you could just send me a quick email ... that'd be great.
Natalie <>
- Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 23:07:55 (GMT)
This is a message for Christian Browning. I played Mavis in your film "The Final Instalment" a few years ago! I would love to hear from you and wondered if you have put the film on video because my daughter has pestered me to contact you to see if it is still in existence. I hope you are well and would love to hear from you.
Rosemary Wainwright <>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 21:41:44 (GMT)
Could anyone possibly help me with a term paper that I am writing on Rebecca? I need to concentrate on the aspects of mystery in the book and need some extra notes on it... the term paper is due tomorrow! Feel free to email me!
Jenelle <>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 13:41:40 (GMT)
I just want to say that I finally saw the PBS version of Jamaica Inn with Jane Seymour and it is so close to the original story; it is 100% better than the 1936 Hollywood version in my opinion. Happy New Year to all!
Pat <>
- Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 23:34:50 (GMT)