"I walked this land with a dreamer’s freedom and with a waking man’s perception – places, houses whispered to me their secrets and shared with me their sorrows and their joys. And in return I gave them something of myself, a few of my novels passing into the folk-lore of this ancient place."
(from page 7, Enchanted Cornwall, Penguin Group 1989)
Welcome to the Daphne du Maurier website
The Daphne du Maurier website welcomes new readers and the return of everyone who connects with us regularly or occasionally throughout the year. You can always join us here at the website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
An essential date for your diaries this year is the 25th
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature which takes place from 12th -
20th May 2023. As we get
nearer to those dates, we will bring you news of all the exciting events that
will take place as we celebrate this very special Festival.
A round-up of what’s been happening at the Daphne du Maurer website during the first three months of 2023
2023 has started at quite a pace, with lots of exciting information and news relating to Daphne du Maurier.
We started the New Year with an article from one of our favourite contributors, Jo Wing. Jo writes a blog, Return of a Native, which covers many literary names and subjects. In this new piece, Jo talked about Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier, and her life at the time that she wrote what was to become one of her most famous novels. In January, we also told you about Fern Britton’s Channel 5 television programme, My Cornwall with Fern Britton, in which she visited Fowey and made particular reference to Daphne.
We looked at two new books, Setara Pracha’s long-awaited and excellent book, The Pathology of Desire in Daphne du Maurier’s Short Stories, and a delightful novel set in Fowey called Into A Cornish Wind by Kate Ryder. Amanda White produced her second du Maurier-related greetings card. This time the image is of Ferryside, beautifully created using a form of an incredibly delicate collage.
The Daphne du Maurier Society of North America held their first event of the year. The subject was The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, one of Daphne du Maurier’s favourite novels from childhood.
Fowey Festival news included the January launch of the 2023 Young Writers and Artists Awards. This competition has now closed, judging is taking place, and we will be able to announce the winners to you soon. The 25th Anniversary Fowey Festival takes place from 12th - 20th May. The programme and box office went live on 25th March. The programme looks fabulous, with many great events for you to enjoy. The Fowey Festival Trustees are holding two coffee mornings in April, with a pop-up box office so you can talk to the Trustees and some of the Festival volunteers about upcoming events and book your tickets.
We brought you an interesting article about the US Armed Services editions of Daphne du Maurier’s books, a brilliant, in-depth article by Jane Prince about Castle D’Or, news of the beautifully refurbished Daphne du Maurier museum at Jamaica Inn and a piece about the film of The Birds which celebrated its 60th anniversary at the end of March.
To catch up on all that we have discussed since the New Year, please click here for our News page and then follow the individual links.
Federick Browning and Daphne du Maurier soon after their marriage.
To begin the New Year, we are sharing with you a seldom-seen photograph of Daphne du Maurier and her husband, Frederick Browning, known to his family as Tommy. This photograph was taken very early in their married life, so it is approximately 90 years old and is a treat for us all to see.
Looking at the Daphne du Maurier-related anniversaries that will be taking place during the coming year, we begin with the 90th anniversary of the publication of Daphne’s third novel, The Progress of Julius. Written largely at Ferryside and published in the spring of 1933, this novel was her last to be published by William Heinemann. In the 1990s, its title was changed to Julius. To read our book review of Julius, please click here.
A 1933 UK first edition and a US 1942 edition of The Progress of Julius
A 1938 UK first edition of Rebecca
A 1943 UK first edition of Hungry Hill
A 1963 UK first edition of The Glass Blowers
The Louis XV engraved crystal tumbler made by Daphne du Maurier's ancestors
A 1953 US first edition of Kiss Me Again Stranger
Current UK Penguin paperback editions of The Birds and Other Stories and Don't Look Now and Other Stories, celebrating their 60th and 50th anniversaries in 2023
You will find information about Daphne du Maurier's life and work, and her family and associates, on this site. A Forum provides an opportunity for Daphne's readers, followers, admirers, and fans to contribute their views and knowledge, a News Page to keep you up to date with the latest information on people, places, and events connected with Daphne, and much more.
At the top of the page, is a picture of the Gribbin Head, just outside Fowey, a feature of the landscape that was so important to Daphne du Maurier and her writing.
Early in 2020, a new organisation called the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America was formed, with their base in Dallas, Texas. They suggested that we forge links with them, and, with the blessing of the du Maurier Browning family, that is precisely what we did. By joining together, we can promote their events and learn from any discoveries that come about through their meetings. We can also share the knowledge and information that is continually growing on our website. Click here to find out more about them: https://daphnedumauriersociety.org
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the great writer and important literary man of Fowey, was often referred to as Q. Some years ago, the Daphne du Maurier website was approached by The Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Memorial Fund (the Q Fund) asking if we would consider giving him an internet presence. Because of the close links between Daphne du Maurier and Q, we happily agreed to this. So, it was with real pleasure that the du Maurier Browning family and the Daphne du Maurier website welcomed this section to the website dedicated to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Just click here to find out more: https://www.dumaurier.org/sirarthurquillercouch.php
We are always interested in including your articles, news, reviews, and snippets of information on the website. So, come on all you Daphne du Maurier and Q followers, make this your website by getting in touch and sharing what you know.
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