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Hi! I've just read Rebecca and I knew that I had to find out more about Daphne (she is not that popular in my country). Which book would any of you recommend me to read now? Thank you
Gastón <>
- Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 02:11:54 (GMT)
There is only Rebecca? What about Vanishing Cornwall?
Pat <>
- Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 17:20:44 (GMT)
I am soo naive, all those clues lead to the fire, yet I ignored them all! I was too pleased with the ending, which I thought was wonderful.... Maxim and Mrs. De winter together, but ignored so much. Not being able to reurn to manderley, the sun rising on the west " its funny it looks almost as though the dawn was breaking over there, beyond those hills. it cant be though its too early" "Its the wrong direction" he said "your looking west" ........ "thats not the northern lights, thats manderley" Who do you think started the fire? I bet it was favell, or maybe not, how could he have made it there before Maxim, well I guess it is possible being that maxim and Mrs. de winter made a number of stops along the way.
maya <>
- Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 19:21:42 (GMT)
Who ever said that the house went on fire? was that in the movie, because their was no mention of it in the book
Maya <>
- Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 18:28:21 (GMT)
Rebecca has to be my favorite was simply amazing, but the first two chapters baffled those chapters Mrs. De winter (the second, do we even know her name?) talks of not being able to return to Manderely, but at the end of the book after that "fateful day ion London" she returns with Maxim to Manderely.... i'm lost! Also don't you think its a bit awkward that the book is being told by mrs. de winter the second, but we do not even know her name.... at one point in the book maxim says that she has a weird, but beautiful name and she replies my father was a weird and beautiful person...what is her name, or is it REALLY not mentioned once in the book? *e-mail me if you would like to talk about the book, id be thrilled
Maya <>
- Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 18:20:23 (GMT)
I have always loved the movie "rebecca" and was only recently able to obtain a 1938 copy of the book. The paper jacket cover is in wonderful shape. Thank you for this great web site.
carmen smith <>
- Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 09:38:09 (GMT)
Hi, does anybody know what Vanishing Cornwall is about? Is it a ghost story? Happy Holidays all.
Pat <>
- Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 16:19:45 (GMT)
I just have to say that Rebecca was the greatest book I have ever read. I can't go to sleep at night without reading a little from, or at least thinking about, the book. However sad that may be, it's the truth. Everything I've had the privilage to read by Daphne Du Maurier, I've loved. She is, to say the least one of the greatest writers of all time.
Sephanie <>
- Friday, December 22, 2000 at 04:56:01 (GMT)
Hello Sam and all, I live in the United States, in Arizona, high in the mountains. I have never had the pleasure of visiting England or any foreign country. I am fascinated by remote and barren regions, and I know that Cornwall has so many legends and much history connected with it. From Daphne's books you can imagine the terrain. I didn't know that they had moors; thought that was Scotland. Yes I think House on the Strand would make a really good mini-series, and it would be very popular. Someday maybe I will get over there! Pat
Pat <>
- Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 20:20:39 (GMT)
Hello again Pat. Which country do you live in. It sounds as though you haven't visited Cornwall yet, where Daphne lived, and wrote her marvellously atmospheric stories. Fowey, her adopted 'homtown' is lovely, and the moors and coastline are rugged and grand. Some of the places away from 'civilisation' are just so eerie; one could be in any time and meet any of the characters that Daphne creates so lovingly! A most lovely county, Cornwall. Trouble is I keep telling everybody how wonderful it is, and then complaining about it being too crowded. I should say its awful, and keep it quiet!
Sam <>
- Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 19:17:44 (GMT)
Sam, do you live in England? Cool. Yes I think Jamaica Inn was very dark, and I did not know what was going to happen. I guess the movie starred Charles Laughton as Joss and Maureen O Hara as Mary. I would like to see that movie. I don't think I have even seen Rebecca. Guess I better get with it!
Pat <>
- Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 00:28:36 (GMT)
Hello Pat (coco779) sorry that you feel your not getting a response. I have contibuted quite a bit and feel I dont want to be too intrusive I'm glad you enjoyed Jamaica Inn so much. It's very dark though isn't it. Still, suppose thats what Daphne is known for! most of her books seem to explore the dark side of human nature. My favourites are house on the Strand, My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca. the last two have been filmed; it occurs to me that House on the Strandcould be made into a cracking good mystery film or TV drama; judicious use of special effect could make the time travel element quite effective' What do you think! I'be received details of the 2001 Festiva on an Email from the webmaster, and it looks as though next years Festival should be as entertaining as the others. Brilliant! Something to l;ook forward to in these cold wet dark north of England nights! All the Best
Sam <>
- Monday, December 18, 2000 at 20:13:35 (GMT)
I have read somewhere thet DuMaurier had some kind of a crush on Basil Rathbone in her youth and based the Frenchman in 'Frenchman's Creek' on his portrayal of Captain Levasseur in 'Captain Blood'. Looking at his Levasseur it seems to make sense. Does anyone know any more about this?
- Monday, December 18, 2000 at 17:31:31 (GMT)
Doesnt anybody talk back and forth on this page? I feel like I'm talking to myself.
Pat <>
- Monday, December 18, 2000 at 14:24:29 (GMT)
Hey, guys, I just finished reading Jamaica Inn and it was the best I have read of Daphne's so far, I think, except for Monte Verita. Great story.
Pat <>
- Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 21:20:55 (GMT)
Don't Look Now is in the library, as I checked it out today. Kiss Me Again Stranger, which has The Birds, The Apple Tree and Monte Verita, among others, was published in 1953, I think, as a Readers' Digest special, at least in this country. You might try a used book store, as I am boycotting the cost of new books. Good luck. I checked out Jamaica Inn from the library. I love how it starts. Guess I am hooked. Pat
Pat <>
- Friday, December 15, 2000 at 05:44:23 (GMT)
I have been trying to get hold of Daphne du Maurier's short story "Don't Look Now" and don't have time to order it. Does anyone know where you can get the full text online?
Jenny Keefe <>
- Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 16:07:30 (GMT)
If anyone knows the name and/or whereabouts of the house used as Manderly in the Alfred Hitchcock "Rebecca" please send info to me at my e-mail address. I would deeply appreciate it, have long thought it the most beautiful house I've ever seen, even in black and white. I don't get to visit this site often, so please e-mail. Thank you.
Patty <>
- Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 07:35:14 (GMT)
hello! finally I found something about my favourite author besides stephen king! I found this site! I never thought daphne wrote so much! I only know some short novelles and "Rebecca"! well, I like this site. good workd.
claudia <>
- Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 21:12:49 (GMT)
I want to give someone a copy of The Birds for Xmas. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get it? It was in a book of short stories called Kiss Me Again Stranger when I read it years ago. And I see here that there was also The Birds and Other Stories which was originally The Apple Tree. I thought I might find it in a book of short stories by various authors, but I'm not sure how to go about finding it. I would really like to find it though in a book of her short stories.
Cath <>
- Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 04:03:39 (GMT)
I want to have the Rebbecas summary
Paula Herrera <>
- Monday, December 11, 2000 at 00:51:40 (GMT)
poor packaging in my last carton of smokes
- Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 20:24:26 (GMT)
I just finished reading "The Loving Spirit," I really liked it and am now reading House on the Strand. Lets hear from some of you, besides about Rebecca. Some other stories, Pat
Pat <>
- Saturday, December 09, 2000 at 02:04:02 (GMT)
talk about waiting until the last minute-- a little over three weeks ago my 11th grade English teacher took our class down to the school library to pick out novels to read for a report. It was taking me forever to pick one out and my English teacher recommended Daphne Du Maurier's novel "Rebecca" to me. Over the course of the three weeks I read something like 124 pages out of 380, the novel seemed so slow for me. My report was due yesterday, the 6th, and I stayed home from school, spending all day finishing the book. I was shocked at the turn of events and found myself more engrossed in the book. It seemed rather dull to me until around the part where they have the costume ball and Mrs. Danvers pulls that evil prank. The second half of the book was in my opinion, much more exciting than the first. At first I thought I would never get through the novel, but now I am glad that I read it because it truly is a great book. The problem is that I need to get the report in tomorrow (Friday) and I simply can't remember enough of the book to write a plot summary of it. does anyone know of any sites that would have summaries and character profiles that I could go to? What I basically need is info about the major character, minor character, protagonist, antagonist, static character, and dynamic character and descriptions of ten of the most important events in the novel. Thanks, I would greatly appreciate any help!
Jenny <>
- Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 14:59:13 (GMT)
I am doing book reviews for " Rebecca " and " My Cousin Rachel". Hence who knows in which web-site I can find as much good reviwes as possible,please e-mail me. Thank you very much!
yueyue <>
- Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 10:42:31 (GMT)
I am doing book reviews for
yueyue <>
USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 10:35:53 (GMT)
I'm doing a report on the story the birds and I need more information about the aurthor
Diana G
riverside, ca - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 21:31:27 (GMT)
i am doing a report on Daphne's writing style in her short stories and I was wondering if anyone could help me out and give me some useful websites where I could find such info. Please help, I have not had much luck.
rebekah <>
- Monday, December 04, 2000 at 02:28:51 (GMT)
I'm doing an english project on stereotypes in Rebecca, so if anyone has any info, please email me
KeLLy <>
- Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 21:19:35 (GMT)
Yes, Mrs.Danvers is the one most likely to set Manderly on fire now that I think about it. I would like to read the sequel to "Rebecca". I'll try to find it.
Celticgurl <>
- Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 03:18:33 (GMT)
I have read the book Rebecca and it was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The details in the book were magnificant and the suspense was great! I encourage you all to read this book and the rest of her books. I usually do not read much but, I was told this would be a great book to read I tried it and I love it! I saw the movie also but, of course it was not as good as the book but, it is still great so I also encourage you all to wath the movie. Well, thanks for reading my comments. Farwell.
Saharr Dia <desertprincess20@yahoo,com>
- Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 22:19:19 (GMT)
Hi, my name is Sarah, I read a lot of the entry's and the sequal to the book is by the author Susan Hill, titled Mrs. DeWinter. Even though it is by a different author, it is still a continuation of the story, Rebecca. I am almost finished reading Mrs. DeWinter, it is good, even though it is not written by Mrs. Maurier. Rebecca was an awesome book that I will read over and over again, see you!!
Sarah <>
- Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 17:31:10 (GMT)
Most likely, Mrs. Danvers set Manderley on fire. That has always been the popular theory.
- Monday, November 27, 2000 at 05:02:23 (GMT)
Hi just had to write something else. I just don't really get the end. I know Manderly is on fire, but could someone just shed some light on it? I don't understand....
- Saturday, November 25, 2000 at 15:37:18 (GMT)
Ohmygosh. When I saw the title of the book I just had to read it, my name being Rebecca and all. I had no idea of what I was in for. Number one on my absolute favorite books list. The story line is so great and suspenseful and romantic and just so great. It bothers me that she never reveals the main girl's name. It has driven me crazy that she also never mentions her age. The imagery of it is great. Manderly comes alive and I wish at times I could live there and have my tea under the big oak tree out front and run with Jasper through the valley or lean out the window of my room and look at the roses. It really surprised me when Max announced he killed Rebecca. I am just so excited and I love it so much. I would love to see any movie of it. Anyone who loves it as much as I do or has discovered anything interested in the book please e-mail me. Thank you.
Rebecca <>
- Friday, November 24, 2000 at 21:37:22 (GMT)
I have a book that I need to to sell it is By: daphne du Maurierand sind by her in 1943. call(405)542-6442
Jennifer Henderson <no e-mail>
hinton , ok us - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 19:52:04 (GMT)
I have a english Project and I wanted to know if anyone wanted to give me a summary of EACH chapter of the book "Rebecca". It would really help. ANd you can put your "Rebecca" knowledge to work. If any one is interested hit me back.
Tehila <>
- Thursday, November 23, 2000 at 01:10:24 (GMT)
I agree that the Joanna David version of Rebecca was the best but I have looked in vain for the video too.I have been a fan of Daphne Du Maurier for many years and have read all of the books, but the realisation of a dream has just come true. We have just come back from a weeks holiday in "Rebecca's" boathouse on the Menabilly estate. To stand on the wreak on the beach that she saw and inspired her to write Rebecca was a treat. I can now say with truth that "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again"!
Rowena <Steve@ontherocks>
- Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 20:44:02 (GMT)
I have read many books by Daphne Du Maurier, including 'Jamaica Inn'. My mum introduced me to her books and I find them very gripping.
Leah Grumbley
- Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 17:42:34 (GMT)
I am glad to have found this site. My favorite Daphne story is Monte Verita, and I have it in a collection of short stories my mother had. It also has The Birds, which someone was asking about. I am looking for a used copy of the House on the Strand. I read Rebecca in high school and it was good. I also read Wings of the Falcon, and the ending was strange. I am happy to receive email from anyone. Pat
Pat <>
- Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 18:56:05 (GMT)
I am trying to write a paper on the characters in Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca. If anyone can give me some opinion about it,I would grateful. Thanks!
- Friday, November 17, 2000 at 02:10:09 (GMT)
i would like to find pictures of DuMaurier's home.if you find any please contact me
jessica <starchik32@yahoo>
- Friday, November 17, 2000 at 00:45:04 (GMT)
Hi! I'm a huge Daphne fan from New Zealand and I am doing my senior paper for my bachelors' degree comparing Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" and du Maurier's "Ganymede." If anyone has information they would like to share about where I could find information, please contact me. Thankyou.
Celeste Warner <>
- Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 05:46:36 (GMT)
I'm taking English IV now and had to do a research paper on Daphne duMaurier and this site really helped me out.
Elizabeth L. Graffeo
- Monday, November 13, 2000 at 02:44:17 (GMT)
Hi everyone. I am a student at the University of Durham studying English Literature and I have been in love with Daphne's books for about 5 years now. I have been building up a collection of her books, which comes to around 150 now, and I really want to get into contact with other Daphne fans to discuss her books. If anyone knows of any other material written about Daphne then please e-mail me- I have got the Forster biography, plus the two Shallcross, the Du Maurier companion, Letters from Menabilly. . . but any other information would be gratefull received! Please e-mail me, either at or if you have as great a passion for daphne's work as I do! I look forward to hearing from you, thanks a lot. Laura :)x x x
Laura Varnam <>
- Friday, November 10, 2000 at 10:51:43 (GMT)
For your interest, we have added two short stories by Trudy Lewis which are performed by the author. They have been recorded in RealPlayer format, so if you have the plugin, and a PC equipped with sound, you may listen to them in real time, without the ususal download wait. The stories are good too! Look down the du Maurier home page3, under "Other Literary Links"
- Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 09:35:53 (GMT)
hiya, I am after an autobiography of daphne du maurier in large print for a christmas present for my nan. Can any one help me? If so I would be very pleased if you could email me with the name of the book and the author. So that I can make an old lady smile this Christmas. Many thanxs Ceri
ceri deadman <>
- Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 18:35:57 (GMT)
I am the most romantic girl ever and I love love stories and legends of lovers so much. Daphne is one of my favorite authors. I got lucky this year and I got assigned Rebecca as a topic for a research paper. The only thing is that my paper had to be about more than my opinion on Rebecca. My topic is 'early feminism, sensuality and du Maurier's male identity in the novel.' I thought it up quikly so it's not exactly what I want, but it will be fun getting to know about how much Daphne felt like she had a male personality imprisoned in her body along with her female one. Lately, I saw the original sketch of Rebecca that Daphne herself made. I am so in love with the Dark and handsome Mr. De Winters and am so jealous of the nameless heroine. I would've done a much better job than her at Manderly
Diana <>
- Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 23:04:30 (GMT)
Daphne DuMaurier is a FANTASTIC writer !! Rebecca is one of the most engrossing books I've ever read !! And the climax...i'ts tooo good !!...
Shivani Rege <>
- Wednesday, November 01, 2000 at 04:41:27 (GMT)
My Cousin Rachel,engrossing and mesmerizing as it is for its twists and turns of plot,is simply an exquisite and timeless piece of imagery and word painting.
rich <>
- Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 01:40:19 (GMT)
hey everyone! I just finishes Rebecca for an English report and I thought it was great. Now I have to find a detailed biography on her. If anyone knows where I can find one, please write to me!! Thanks a lot!!
Kellie <>
- Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 15:22:40 (GMT)
Hi Daphne fans!I really love all of Daphne`s books,particularly `Rebecca` and `Frenchman`s Creek.I`ve a couple of questions about`Rebecca`.First of all,how many years have gone by at the beginning of the novel?In chapter five,the bride refers to her `approaching middle age`,suggesting many years have elapsed.If this is so then why are the couple still living abroad and moving from hotel to hotel?Surely they would have at least have settled down by now?Secondly,does anyone know if anyone dies in the fire?The servants,for instance.I was also wondering how many years Maxim was married to Rebecca and what it was that she told him,in the hills above Monte Carlo, when they were first married,which he said he `shall never repeat to a living soul`I also think its odd that Roger,despite being Maxim`s nephew,doesn`t really comes into the story much.Finally, who is the author of`Mrs De Winter`,the sequel to `Rebecca`.I`d really love to read it.Thanks a lot!
- Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 20:22:06 (BST)
oopps - here's my correct email address...
Jack S <>
- Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 12:29:08 (BST)
Does anyone know who made the French television film of Jamaica Inn ?? I saw a poor copy years ago but have no other information.
Jack S <>
- Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 12:17:47 (BST)
Where can I obtain a copy of DuMaurier's short story "The Birds"? Is it available online?
Mary Catherine
- Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 02:18:47 (BST)
ANYONE NAMED AFTER THE AUTHOR? I am looking for others who have been named after her like myself.
Daphne LaCross <>
- Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 19:22:23 (BST)
Where can I obtain a copy of DuMaurier's short story "The Birds"? Is it available online?
Mary Catherine
- Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 02:18:47 (BST)
ANYONE NAMED AFTER THE AUTHOR? I am looking for others who have been named after her like myself.
Daphne LaCross <>
- Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 19:22:23 (BST)
Hey! I've read half of the book Rebecca and I need to write a paragraph summerizing it with details and havent finished the book. If anyone wants to help me out that would be awesome! thanks
Amber <>
- Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 22:45:38 (BST)
HI everyone...i just read the book "Rebecca" and I have to do a project on it and I need to know the theme of the book. thanks alot
Kenzie <>
- Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 03:29:47 (BST)
- Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 22:42:48 (BST)
I am searching for the play script based on REBECCA> I don't know who adapted it-- and have been told it's out of print. I have not been able to locate a copy anywhere in the US so far... if anyone has info on how to obtain this script, please e-mail me at Thank you VERY MUCH!!!
Susan Gaspar <>
- Monday, October 09, 2000 at 20:52:45 (BST)
I have finished reading Rebecca as an outside reading project in my English class. I am looking forward to wathcing the Hitchcock film.Also, I wanted to let everyone know that there is,indeed, a sequel to the novel. I'm not sure I remember the Author's name, but the novel is called "Mrs. deWinter". My friend was also reading Rebecca,and this information was printed on the cover of her copy of the novel.
Kimberly D. <>
USA - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 00:23:15 (BST)
I am fasinated in this author's style of writing, this is the first time I have enjoyed reading, I just finished my first book, Rebecca, I was wondering is there a sequel to it? If so please email me with the name, I would really appreciate it, thanks, senior(17 years of age, Tricia Haenchen
Tricia Haenchen <>
- Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 04:19:29 (BST)
We've just read The Birds in class and see Hitchcock's film of the same name. If anybody out there has any information on these lines, we'd appreciate it very much. Thanks in anticipation, Clare Litherland
Clare Litherland <>
- Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 13:09:15 (BST)
Hi I am in desperate need of informatoin over the book Mary Anne if any one who has read this book would e-mail me and tell me about it I would be extremely grateful.
Chris <>
- Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 22:02:38 (BST)
I simply love the richness of Jamacia Inn, and have an early early edition its a treasure 'Sometimes' as Joss would say 'I'll soak for days' S. Bell (Wimbledon)
Stephen Bell <>
- Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 20:06:53 (BST)
- Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 17:16:59 (BST)
I just finished Rebecca (for the second time)that is the best book I have ever read. I can't wait to read more of her books.
Amanda Brooks <>
- Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 21:00:12 (BST)
I live in East Brunswick. If you go to Churchill Junior High School, HI! OKAY! GOOD BYE!
Derek Cheung
- Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 18:44:43 (BST)
I have read that there is a duMaurier mystery writer's contest for unpublished writers for May, 2000. What about 2001?
Christine Bagley <>
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 21:25:52 (BST)
Hi! I'm doing my GCSEs and am desperate to get some study notes on 'Rebecca' in order to start my coursework comparing 'Rebecca' and 'Jane Eyre'. I've got 'Jane Eyre' notes, which are all over the place but nobody seems to write about 'Rebecca'. Can anybody help?
Kate Bell
- Monday, September 18, 2000 at 17:17:18 (BST)
I am reading The Loving Spirit , again for the fifth time ,it is such a wonderful book. When you read one of Daphne's books you can get so engrossed, that you can well believe that you are the herione, because you are drawn into her world of escapism. Absolutely brilliant. Kind regards Mary..
marycook <>
- Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 01:17:48 (BST)
I have just finished reading The Scapegoat. What a brilliant book.
marycook <>
- Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 23:02:42 (BST)
Justin Tollett
- Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 20:49:33 (BST)
Following a number of requests, the correct way to enquire about du Maurier copyright matters is to write to: du Maurier Productions, "Ferryside" Bodinnick by Fowey, Cornwall Thanks
duMaurier WebMaster <>
- Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 00:52:02 (BST)
Wish me luck everybody, I'm driving back to Fowey at the weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting friends from the du Maurier Festival last May. I'm there at the 'Safe Harbour Hotel' and looking 'forrard' to time in Daphne's much loved home town. I anticipate walking around the harbour, on the 'Hall Walk', where apparently King Charles 1 nearly took a bullet in the Civil War from the Roundheads, passing Q's memorial (Sir Arthur Quiller Couch's) who was perhaps Daphne's mentor (in some ways!). And passing too Daphne's home at Ferryside by the ferry ( surprise surprise!)- still occupied by her family. Also too I hope it'll be a convivial week at the 'Safe'where I know a hearty welcome awaits me!. On the way down I'm staying overnight at Morton in Marsh, Gloucestershire in accomodation that might turn out to be out of the 'Adams Family'. Watch this space
- Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 00:06:41 (BST)
My Father in law, Mr Stanley Vickers has published The du Maurier Companion, a comprehensive collection in chronological order of all the du Maurier's literary achievements. If you need further information about this book, please E-mail me. Thanks from Christine Vickers.
Christine Vickers <>
- Monday, September 04, 2000 at 19:54:38 (BST)
Hi everybody- I am in the process of writing a musical based on "Rebecca" and was wondering whom I needed to get in contact with to obtain the rights. If anyone knows, PLEASE contact me! Thank you!
Christie <>
- Monday, September 04, 2000 at 01:41:52 (BST)
I am so happy to have found this site! I have loved Daphne Du Maurier's Books since I was in my early twenties. I dearly love Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The House on the Strand, and especailly The King's General. I have even located a book about Richard Grenville of the English Civil War, as I have heard that the romance between Richard and Honor Harris is loosely based on fact. If anyone knows if this is or is not true--I would love to know. I also love some of Daphne's short stories such as The Apple Tree, Mounte Verdi, Kiss Me Again Stranger, and of course The Birds. Daphne was an incredible novelist and I am so glad I came across her books, because they really have enriched my life.
Jennifer Cook <>
- Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 23:44:51 (BST)
-try again- it's only a thoughtcrime if the girl was chewing gum!! Good luck with House on the Strand; with Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel they make up my trio of Fav Daphne's.Best Wishes Sam
- Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 08:16:50 (BST)
Hi RevRon
- Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 08:13:03 (BST)
Oh yes, an epilogue if you will: I checked out at the supermarket and the hauntingly beautiful tall and slim brunette wore the nametag of "Rebecca" Is that a thought crime yet?
- Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 05:23:09 (BST)
I became enchanted with "Rebecca" from the Hitchcock movie of the same name and segued into somehow running across a 30th printing of what I increasingly see as a 20th century goth classic, and my copy being yellowed and brittle, the 3oth print in 1968. Having enjoyed the aforementioned novel I announce my eager anticipation of my devourment of "The House on the Strand" Comments most very welcome regarding "Rebecca"
Reverend Ron <>
- Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 05:04:29 (BST)
Black Faith
- Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 11:17:23 (BST)
I've been studying the lives of General's Ridgway and Gavin and would like to learn more about their relationship with Gen. "Boy" Browning. I am also interested in the relationship between the dashing British Airborne Commander and his beautiful wife. Can someone suggest a good biography?
Al Sciarrino <>
- Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at 02:57:57 (BST)
After reading some of these books, that I really enjoyed, coming to your site was great. To see all the fantastic things and to know all that excellent knowledge. It is great you have done this- it is truly wonderful. Thankyou so much for making this site possible for mine and many others enjoyment. Margaret
Margaret Neason
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 08:02:04 (BST)
Hello Linda and Toby- Nice to hear from you both. Thanks a lot Linda, your very kind, and knowing what a cantankerous old bod I can be, your words really are not deserved! I would hesitate to ask how many years a lady has been enjoying Daphne's books, but I do gather that Toby is in that wonderfully lucky situation of only just having started his 'reading' life as a young adult! There are so many terrific books out there waiting for you Toby, don't let anyone dictate what you should read; for me, books are with trees and cats, the icing on life's cake! If you like the blurb in the front cover, give it a try! I love Daphne and I love Cynthia Harrod Eagles, and Anya Seton, and Norah Lofts, and Mary Renault who brought Alexander (Iskander), and the ancient Grecian way of life and love and war and honour, to life for me in a series of books; (all 'historical novel' writers). I love Ben Bova and Arthur c Clarke who are science fiction writers and make the Cosmos beautiful and romantic and terrible. They are at opposite ends of the writing spectrum, and stop my reading getting stale. And I contibute to the Jeffery Farnol website (who I loved even before Daphne) And too I like the occasional historical 'whodunit' And as I've already said, my most favourite book of all is JRR Tolkien's ,Lord of the Rings' which I read every year about now. It gives me goosebumps thinking I shall be starting down the Great East Road from Hobbiton any day now! It takes me six weeks or so, reading it as slow as I can, and absolutely rings me out! After that burst of enthusiasm for our young friend, Linda asks for info. I'll give what I can remember, but there are those writing on this site who I know have a far better grounding in all things DduM than me and I hope the'll put me right where I err! Apparently Daphne and her husband Tommy Browning leased Menabilly from the Rashleigh Family who have owned it for Hundreds of years. Weren't they the 'family' in The King's General' about the Civil war in the West, and the incredibly pathetic little 'walled up boy' I dont think they are a titled family, so I dont know the origin of their 'eminence' Daphne leased Menabilly after finding it maybe during the second world war, semi derelict and un- occupied', buried in ivy; and falling in love with it's lonely, dryad, grandeur. I can't help thinking that that great, lonely, unkempt house must have torn fiercely at Daphne's heart. A brilliant, beautiful lovely lady (even in old age), articulate, imaginative; a loving mother to her children ( although I gather she didn't care for them all equally- I wonder how many mothers really do!) I still think she would have been at heart a 'loner', like many another-by temperament; and that great house would capture her inevitably! I understand that when a new Rashleigh inherited the house, the lease could not be renewed for Daphne. Understandably the incumbent Mr Rashleigh wanted to live in his house; poor Daphne didn't want to move, but ulimately had no choice- it was not her house! It does seem that Mr Rashliegh was sympathetic to Daphne's plight, after all she had been there when her three children were small, and would have abiding memories not easy to discard! He apparently allowed her to stay in the house considerably longer than her lease entitled her to; and, eventually, she was given the option to move to the Rashleigh Dower House, Kilmarth; I think a Dower house was and is where a new inheritor's widowed mother could spend the rest of her life, and I gather thats where Daphne du Maurier- Lady Browning spent her last years. Perhaps thats why the Rashleigh family at Menabilly hold themselves aloof from anything reminding them of Daphne- their understandable reluctance to be involved in the du Maurier Festival in May there in Fowey is sad, for surely Menabilly is at the centre of daphne's mistique. I have the TV interview she Did with Cliff Michelmore there, from the BBC. It seem quite illuminating, showing as it seems to, her alone-ness and her originality. She really was a 'one off' I love and rever her memory! Sorry for the diatribe everybody!
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 00:40:24 (BST)
I would like to thank you very much for making this website possible, as I am a 15 year old in Austalia doing an important assignment on Daphne Du Maurier and her famous novel "Rebecca". The information on this website is to be congatulated and with it the people who supplied it. Thankyou TR
toby ryan
- Sunday, August 27, 2000 at 09:10:55 (BST)
So, happy to see so many people as enthralled with DuMaurier's writing as I am! The lady certainly knew how to spin a tale. What a wonderful Internet site! I hope to visit my daughter in England in the Spring )I'm from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada . Victoria Magazine did an article on her son with pictures of the house in Fowery. Does anyone know who presently owns Menabilly? Or where the name originated? Sam, I particularly want to salute you for the encouragement you offer to the youngsters who visit this site - I admire also your gentle humour. Keep up the good work!
Linda <>
- Sunday, August 27, 2000 at 02:21:11 (BST)
My on-line guy pal has been into books forever and I had NEVER read a single one...and I am 54 yrs old!! He sent "REBECCA" to me and I immediately fell in love with them both!! We chat on-line about the book for hours and I want to say that the book (and him) have both been a blessing to me. He had to tell me about Manderley burning...I missed all the clues...But am now an avid reader.
Glynda <>
- Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 22:49:35 (BST)
She is one oof the greatest authors that ever lived. I only wish there were more places to get information about her.
Kelsey Wheeler <>
- Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 03:34:04 (BST)
Hello Claire- I live in England, so "eighth Grade" doesn't mean much to me sadly! but it sounds fairly senior, so I doubt whether it should be too advanced, as you put it!. It is possible to not understand a book first time around, we all do that, whatever age we are, but second readings can help, and third, and -whatever. I re read my most favourite book, Tolkien's Lord of the rings, every year, in the run up to Christmas- must be 12 or fifteen times now!- and I always find new things to enjoy, and marvel at and understand, or SEE!. So I hope you won't give up on Rebecca. It's the story of a man who'se wife has died, and who takes a new young wife, who is jealous and afraid of the dead wife; and it's about the husbands feelings for them both. And it's about misunderstandings, and the intervention of other characters, notably the obsessive Mrs Danvers, and the sly Jack Favel. I'll be quite happy if some of the others who read and write to this page , say they think I've missed the point too. One is never to old to learn (as the old 'saw' says!) So I hope you'll give it another try, and imagine you're a shy, not very pretty young wife, whose predecessor was thought to be rich, beautiful, elegant, clever, witty and all the other virtues. But was Rebecca really all these things? Read on----
- Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 10:27:58 (BST)
ok, get this, For our summer reading assignment we had to read the book Rebecca. This is for Enriched English at our school. Does anyone think that this book was Too advanced for 8th graders?? And Guys had to read it too. I must admit myself, All the older people that have read this book have told me that it was really good, but I didn't understand it and got confused, so therefore I didn't like it. But I was just curious if anyone thought that it was too advanced or just different for eighth graders to read!
Claire <>
- Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 23:49:46 (BST)
Help! I have heard that there are two different endings to the novel "The Flight of the Falcon" - the American one being different from the English one. Does anybody know about this? What is the American ending? How could I get access to the book - it is out of print, unfortunately. Thank you, whoever is going to mail me, Maren.
Maren Bonacker <>
- Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 10:50:09 (BST)
I read in the Herald Tribune (New York) that when Dame Daphne died she was at work on a book. Can you give me information about that work--what was it about, etc.-- and if her heirs intend to publish it unfinished or if they'd consider commissioning another writer to finish it.
Tita Taule Mina, the Philippines <>
- Monday, August 07, 2000 at 02:46:54 (BST)
I have just finished reading The Loving Spirit, which was Daphnes first book. I really did enjoy it.A book to be treasured for ever. Kind regards Mary.
marycook <>
- Friday, August 04, 2000 at 14:15:13 (BST)
paula_aspasia <>
- Tuesday, August 01, 2000 at 20:33:33 (BST)
I'm reading Daphne Du Maurier's THE SCAPEGOAT. I'm enjoying it greatly. My compliments to the website. Best regards:
Barry Wood <>
- Tuesday, August 01, 2000 at 03:03:30 (BST)
My aunt had found a copy of Rebecca in a auction sale and couldn't wait to give it to me (being a name sake). The story was enthralling. I hadn't heard of Daphne du Maurier before this and I'm exciting to read some of her other novels. I also have an insert from the Reader's Digest magazine that entitles this novel as the World's Best Reading. It was tucked inside the cover when I first received it. Inside, is a short life history including her husband's job, the children, as well as, birth dates and dates of both her death and her husband. Please e-mail me and I will send it to you. Rebecca
Rebecca <>
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada - Friday, July 28, 2000 at 17:47:31 (BST)
It was lovely to find this website and discover how many people love Daphne du Mauriers' work. My favourite stories are 'Rebecca' and 'The King's General'. 'Enchanted Cornwall - Her Pictorial Memoir' by Daphne du Maurier is a great source for anyone interested in the genesis and development of her stories. It also explains the lack of a Christian name for the second Mrs de Winter: "I could not think of one, and it became a challenge in technique.." (check with the Penguin Group for availability). Best wishes to all who enjoy Dame Daphne's books.
Catherine <>
- Friday, July 28, 2000 at 13:51:18 (BST)
This might have already been mentioned but the sequel to Rebecca "Mrs. deWinter" written by - well. I forgot but I have the book at home, is there plans on a film adaptation to it? I think it would be great to see Rebecca (any version - my personal favorite is with Jenny Seagrave and Diana Rigg and of course the Hithcock version) and a version of Mrs. DeWinter back to back. Any thoughts on this? Thanks, Andi
Andrea Kun <>
- Monday, July 24, 2000 at 21:11:43 (BST)
I am SO excited! I found a FIRST EDITION printing of "Rebecca" and just about fainted. I bought it (of course) and it is on my shelf of rare books that get dusted everyday (I dont have many but I am slowly making this a hobby). I just LOVE the yellowed and brittle paper, the cracked dry leather binding and the musty smell. When I read the book, it was like I was holding a delicate china doll. Anyway, just thought I would brag a little... =) Cherrio! Andi
Andrea Kun <>
- Monday, July 24, 2000 at 21:03:31 (BST)
I desperately need some help writing a paper over "Jamaica Inn". I need to know about the life of the author and the critical analysis of this novel. Please write me and help me out with whatever you know. Thanks, K
KK <>
- Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 04:02:14 (BST)
I am currently teaching Rebecca to a group of Year 10 students (14 -16 YR OLDS) and would be grateful to anyone with some teaching strategies
Damien Williams <>
- Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 12:42:46 (BST)
Emma -- The absence of a name for the second Mrs. De Winter was deliberate; imagine a book where the main (or at least narrator) character's name isn't mentioned -- it must have been difficult to write it that way. The absence of her name emphasizes her significance and her feeling of insignificance. I also don't remember the part about the "M;" I think I recall her looking at the notepaper and it had Rebecca's initials (R and W) intertwined.
- Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 23:43:23 (BST)
I forgot to tell you the adress of the club. See you later!!
Paula Aspasia <>
- Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 23:11:55 (BST)
HELLO; DEAR FRIENDS I'm so happy to see so much people that likes Daphne like me. I'm writing from Chile, and my english is not so good. But, anyway, I founded a FANS CLUB of Daphne du Maurier. You can be included if you wish, and PLEASE DO IT because I have great ideas. We will chat, send messages between us, etcetera... I have read REBECCA, JAMAICA INN, HUNGRY HILL, THE KING'S GENERAL, MY COUSIN RACHEL, KISS ME AGAIN,STRANGER, THE APPLE TREE and other short novels. I can share my books, and I forgot to tell that I have a special edition of Rebecca, in english, autographed and with pictures of the movie!!!! If you want a copy, email-me. I will be waiting. Paula Aspasia.
Paula Sofia (aspasia) <>
- Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 23:08:08 (BST)
I really felt in love with "Rebecca" - the story, not the character - I have red it more than ten times, in english and in french. To my own point of view, it is a-must-have-book. A great thanks to the autor.
Frédéric Toussaint <>
- Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 10:30:26 (BST)
I discovered Daphne du Maurier when I bought "My Cousin Rachel" and "Jamaica Inn" last month at a library book sale which I frequent often in the surrounding cities. I read both of those books last month including "Rebecca". I have read this month "The King's General" and have started this week on "The Glass Blowers". Thank you Daphne for your lasting gift of quality reading for all of us to embrace and hold dear to our hearts.
Christine Lambe
- Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 22:17:36 (BST)
I would like to find a copy of Daphnes book The Loving Spirit.I tried to obtain a copy from St. Austell library but unfortunatly their copy had been stolen.If anyone knows where I can buy or borrow a copy I would be grateful. Contact me at Thanks.
marycook <>
- Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 10:33:34 (BST)
I have not read all of Daphne Du Mauriers books. My favourite book is The House on the Strand, it is a excellent piece of writing.I have also read Rebecca, The Kings General Jamacia Inn,Frenchmans Creek and My Cousin Rachel.All of which are excellent reads. I live only a few miles from Daphnes former home at Menabilly. I urge anyone who has not read any of Daphnes books, to pick one up and I am sure that they will be hooked.Even though Daphne has left us her memory lives on in her books.God bless you Daphne.
marycook <>
- Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 01:29:43 (BST)
Hello Emma Shore. I first read Rebecca about 45 years ago, and have read it again over the years. I don't remember the new wife ever worrying about her identity being known- (or 'her cover being blown' as we'd say these days!) She just WAS. The notepaper had a big, elaborate 'R' on it surely, as did the nightdress case which was burnt in the fire at the end of the Film. That is one of my most clear and abiding memories- just after the roof had fallen in on Mrs Danvers-in every sense! Best Wishes Sam!
- Monday, July 10, 2000 at 23:52:29 (BST)
Hi to all you Daphne Du Maurier fans out their!! I was wondering if any of you could help me with something that has bugged me for ages about the book Rebecca. Why is it that the woman who marries Max is only ever known as Mrs. De Winter? She never is mentioned with a first name. Also at one point in the book when she is given new writing paper it is headed with a letter, I think an "M", and she says something like " oh no what if they have found out who I am". Can anyone explain!?
Emma Shore
- Monday, July 10, 2000 at 19:00:32 (BST)
heys people, you all sound pretty sad and all but rebecca is one fine book. The sequel is crap so just don't read it. byes
can't remember, sos <>
USA - Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 21:42:06 (BST)
So I have been reading Rebecca with Kate who just signed below me. Its a good book, alot of people could not quite understand it, but me being highly intelligent and doing my GCSE's two years early,of course I did. Please email me if you wish to throw abuse!!
Laura <>
- Friday, June 30, 2000 at 19:51:56 (BST)
I have been reading Rebecca in class at my school. It is one of the coolest books I have ever read
- Friday, June 30, 2000 at 15:34:19 (BST)
Hi Sam. This is Laura. I haven't had chance to get back to this site for ages. I rarely have access to computers you see. I would really like to correspond with you about Daphne, I have been trying to find people who are interested in her and her books for ages. Could you e-mail me with your address and I can write via pen and paper? Please e-mail either today or tomorrow because I won't be able to get to the internet after that! Thanks.
Laura V <>
- Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 11:51:27 (BST)
Being a sixth form student and been given the task to do a long study on two novals of my choice I began to read Rebecca. I had no idea what the book had in store and was surprised at the plot and the exciting ending. Although I enjoyed the noval I could not think of another book to compare the works with, except the follow up which I read does not do Rebecca justice. Feel free to e mail me with suggestions of books relate Rebecca with.
Helen <>
- Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at 22:19:14 (BST)
Hello, everyone...I just found this site because my name is *Dafne* Bye!...please go to my site! =0)
..::*Dafne*::.. <>
- Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 03:00:15 (BST)
I'm seeking a VHS tape of "My Cousin Rachel" starring Oliva de Havilland and Richard Burton. Does anyone have any suggestons on how I may obtain a copy? Thank you for your assistance. Patty
pattyk <>
- Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 03:35:58 (BST)
Hi, Read Rebecca for the first time. Can someone tell me what happens in the end? In the last 2 pages I mean... Once Maxim gets away from being named murderer, what is the entire build up of suspense about, when the heroine is sleeping and then she dreams that she is Rebecca...? Please enlighten!
- Tuesday, June 13, 2000 at 09:29:54 (BST)
where is the bio?
Dianne Bazan <>
- Monday, June 12, 2000 at 18:08:42 (BST)
I love the works of Daphne du Maurier. I think she is one of the best writer that I know. Her books are wonderful and powwerful. The once I read was "the loving spirit". I was twelve. Now, I am 17 and this book stays one of my favourite. And the other works too: "frenchman's creck", "my cousin Rachel","Rebecca"...
manon <>
- Monday, June 05, 2000 at 12:15:50 (BST)
hello all you crzy kids, save me from this boredom before it obvertakes my soul.
Kate "the great" <>
- Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 21:47:15 (BST)
I have six books authored by Daphne du Maurier. I can't find anything on the Web about their worth and I am wondering if I should take special measures to protect them. They were all printed between 1931 and 1946. The publisher was P.F. Collier & Son Corporation by special arrangement with Doubleday & Company, INC. The books have a green hard cover and are in unbelievable condition. Titles include Hungry Hill, Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek, The Loving Spirit, The King's General, and Jamaica Inn.
Robert S. Buchanan <>
- Monday, May 29, 2000 at 16:23:58 (BST)
I am a really big enthusiast of Daphne du Mauriers writing and everything about her. I have just read all the messages on this site and was interested in it all. We have just been down to Fowey for a few days during the Festival and, like last year, it was absolutely excellent. I am a friend of Sam, who often leaves messsages on this site. I collect all Daphnes books and everything about her. One book that has not been mentioned here is an American book called Daphne du Maurier by Richard Kelly. It is full of biographical information and is a literary critisism of her novels and short stories. It includes Jamaica Inn, which might be helpful for the person who left a message about that the other day. I was also interested in the message from Helen Doe, we met last year, at the festival, when we did the 'Wedding Boat' trip. She said she was writting another book. I wonder how that is going? Best Wishes. Ann.
Ann <>
- Friday, May 26, 2000 at 21:24:23 (BST)
I was very impressed with Rebecca, and thought that the sequal would be a similar continuation of the it, but I was sorely mistaken. I had not realised that it was not by the same author.
Christine <>
- Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 16:36:10 (BST)
Hi, I've just set up a message board (with chat room) devoted to Daphne du Maurier due to popular request. It's at: Enjoy!
- Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 03:14:34 (BST)
I have a suggestion for all those people who are looking for a good biography of Daphne Du Maurier: I have just read the one written by Margaret Forster and I can assured that it is really "scientifically" researched and well written. The fonts of the work are not only Du Maurier's notes and letters, but even interviews with her children and all the people who knew her. It is chronologically correct and can be almost read as "a novel".
Marta <>
- Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 19:20:35 (BST)
hi! I would like some information @ useful sites of one of Daphne's work,"the scape goat"
sanjyot <>
- Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 15:33:43 (BST)
Hi! I'm desperately looking for a critical analyze of du Maurier's Jamaica Inn. I need all sort of information about the childhood of the great writer, so please, if you know anything I would be grateful. Thank you so much!
Karoline Nolsø Aaen <>
- Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 08:12:41 (BST)
i love english especially this book it beats the woodlanders just . Rebecca is my favourite
James Stevens <>
- Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 16:01:26 (BST)
Hi! I'm a girl from Norway, and since I could not find any messages from Norway here I thaught I should write one.i have just read "Jamaica Inn" and I think it is a very good book, now I will continue to read more of Dame Daphnes books.I actually hate reading books, but this book were exelent.Thanks Daphne!But I miss a biography about her, and her life?
Marita Sollie <>
- Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 21:20:28 (BST)
I thought you all might be interested in a webcam that I have recently setup overlooking the du Maurier family home in Fowey.
Mark <>
- Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 13:53:06 (BST)
If Kathryn Slade would like to e-mail me, I will be happy to give her information on her Cornish relatives. I, too, am a great great grandaughter of Thomas who was the person on whom Joseph Coombe is based.
Helen Doe <>
- Monday, May 08, 2000 at 10:31:45 (BST)
Hello Maggie Like you say, Rebecca is a great story I think, but have you read My Cousin Rachel, or (even better maybe) The House on the Strand (downright scary!)best Wishes Sam
- Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 23:26:19 (BST)
I just wanted to say that Daphne Du Maurier's novels are an inspiration to all. She was very passionate about writing. If anyone would like to reccomend a book from her I would be obliged to listen. I have already read Rebecca, which is my favorite book. But I have an open mind if anyone thinks another is better. Thanks, Maggie
Maggie <>
- Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 06:22:28 (BST)
Later-it occurs to me that Ian might equally suitably, rail agaist someone advertizing, openly on this site, for an illegal, pirated video of a Du Maurier film. We do allow ourselves to become 'blinkered' on the issues about which we feel strongly, dont we? My own personal irritation seems to be the biggest act of civil disobedience that accurs in the UK. How many people, whistling down the motorways at well over the legal speed limit, actually admit that THEY are breaking the law, and probably endanger as many lives as ciggies do as well! All very well calling the law an ass- it IS against the law, which smoking isn't. And no, I don't smoke, I just regard it a filthy habit!
- Friday, May 05, 2000 at 18:31:09 (BST)
Know nothing about the ciggies Ian, tho I hear they're available abroad! With respect Ian, your political correctness seems mis placed on a site dedicated to admiration of a dead author's work. We know tobacco is detrimental to health, but why demean someone unable now to defend themselves!
- Friday, May 05, 2000 at 09:01:05 (BST)
Ian Trussler
- Friday, May 05, 2000 at 01:40:33 (BST)
Why the heck dont you have anything on cigarettes? hmmm... just wanna get away from the truth of where you make your real money!!!
Ian Trussler
- Friday, May 05, 2000 at 01:38:55 (BST)
Hi , I was woundering if any who own the new verision of Recbecca couold bootleg a copy for me? If you can please email me.
Sarah the Portishead fan <>
- Monday, May 01, 2000 at 18:46:55 (BST)
I need some information concerning critical analysis of her works. If anyone has any information please e-mail me.
Josh <>
- Monday, May 01, 2000 at 13:50:32 (BST)
I'm 14 years old and I read "Rebecca". It is one of the best books I have ever read, parts of it were happy, sad and amazingly shocking!! :)
- Friday, April 28, 2000 at 02:12:09 (BST)
I am doing a 40 minute presentation on Daphne Du Maurier and I need some help finding information on her. Could you please e-mail if you can help. I really need it. Thank you. I need it soon so any help would br great.
Tina <>
- Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 22:15:07 (BST)
hello..i really don't know much about daphne du maurier, but i'm doing a term paper on her for my senior class. my problem is though I haven't really found information on her and was wondering if anyone could help me. you can reach me at yahoo as would really like any help I can get...thanks
gina <>
- Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 22:49:38 (BST)
Hi, I rencently watch "Rebecca" on PBS and it was great but I can say that the novel is better than the mini-series. The series inspired my art work of fashion in the 1920's. Thank You Daphne.
Sarah the Portishead fan <>
- Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 02:31:23 (BST)
Hi, I rencently watch "Rebecca" on PBS and it was great but I can say that the novel is better than the mini-series. The series inspired my art work of fashion in the 1920's. Thank You Daphne.
Sarah the Portishead fan <>
- Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 02:30:20 (BST)
Great site! Keep up the good work!! Check out some of my writing when you have a chance. . . ;)
Michael <>
- Friday, April 21, 2000 at 23:25:09 (BST)
Hi! Love the website - what about adding a chatroom!
Tim Evans <>
- Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 15:47:46 (BST)
My daughter, an exchange student in Spain, needs to know the title of the work by du Maurier upon which the Alfred Hitchcock screenplay "The Birds" was based. Also, is this particular work still in print & available for purchose. My daughter's Spanish "English teacher" would like a copy. If you have the answer to these questions, please e-mail me. Thank you for your help !
belinda <>
- Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 22:21:28 (BST)
- Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 21:08:45 (BST)
kathryn slade
- Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 08:46:20 (BST)
I am 12yrs old and started to read her books and found them amazing. My first read was Jamaica Inn and it was brilliant, which made me want to read more.
Natalie Morace
- Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 12:02:57 (BST)
Really great weekend, good tuition, friendly staff, lots of encouragement - overall considerable value for money.
C. Roberts
- Monday, April 03, 2000 at 23:09:43 (BST)
I would appreciate it if anyone could share information they have about where Daphne du Maurier got her ideas for Rebecca. I love her work, and have for 30 years. Thank you.
Diane <>
- Monday, April 03, 2000 at 18:48:52 (BST)
I would appreciate it if anyone could share information they have about where Daphne du Maurier got her ideas for Rebecca. I love her work, and have for 30 years. Thank you.
Diane <>
- Monday, April 03, 2000 at 18:46:35 (BST)
The way I found out about Daphne du Maurier was through an authors project at school. I have read Rebecca and fell in love with the book. I am interested in doing a play that she has written for my theatre at school so if any one has a script please e-mail me. Although I am only 15 I have found her writting stlye to touch every one young and old. If anyone has any info one her festival please e-mail me. Thankyou
Rebekka Vinson <>
- Monday, April 03, 2000 at 03:39:46 (BST)
I'm a Chinese senior.Now I'm writing my yearly commment on Rebecca.However in China it's quite difficult for me to find the information about Rebecca.Dear friends,I hope you can help me.
guorichard <>
- Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 01:37:25 (BST)
I need info on Du Maurier's writing style. How she uses the device of disguise in all of her novels??????????
megan <>
- Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 22:36:14 (BST)
Like everyone else, I am searching for any information I can get my hands on about Rebecca and Daphne du Maurier. I am currently working on my senior year Literary Analysis and am having trouble finding any worthwhile information. PLEASE HELP!!! Anything you can give me will be appreciated.
Kristina <>
- Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 13:51:35 (BST)
Hello Samwise, Have you taken Samwise as your name after Sam in Lord of the Rings. that is my favourite book and I read it every year in the Autumn. If you are in the USA I expect you will call that 'Fall'! There is a biography of Daphne that I am reading at present from our Public library. It is called "The Private World of Daphne du Maurier", by Martyn Shallcross, and is published here in the UK by Robson Books Ltd in 1991. You might be able to get it through bookshops here called WH Smiths,or Waterstones, or Dillons, all who have their own Websites I think. Then there is, who sell books online. Thats if you cant borrow it through your Public Library. If you ask at the desk they will help you all they can with either THAT title, or any other appropriate biographies. Best Wishes Sam Rimington (another 'Sam')
- Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 19:19:06 (BST)
Postmaster unable to accept given email address so posting message here Best Wishes
San <>
- Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 19:17:43 (BST)
Where may I find a biography of Daphne du Maurier?
Seth Parker <samwise_76067>
- Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 04:37:27 (BST)
When I was a teenager, I read everything I could find written by Daphne DuMaurier, but I haven't read anything of hers in years. I wanted to change that, but I don't find that her books are readily available in paperback. I found one that I plan to order from A Common Reader -- The House on the Strand -- I've checked out Barnes & Noble and Any ideas? My favorite DuMaurier book is _Frenchman's Creek_ I also enjoyed _Rebecca_ and _Scapegoat_ She wrote one book I never could get into _The Glassblowers_. I am so glad I found this site :-) Sandy
Sandy Howell <>
- Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 17:22:58 (BST)
Hi, everybody. I loved reading your comments. I've read all of Daphne's books. I love her. She's brilliant. I think Rebecca gets all the attention though and takes away from her other brilliant novels, The House on the Strand, My Cousin Rachel, Hungry Hill, to name my top picks. The House gave me chills... what a brilliant idea for a book! My overall favorite is the Scapegoat, though. Especially the ending conversation. If you're a Daphne fan, I'd love to talk to you.
Kelly <>
- Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 03:57:07 (BST)
Hello I've just started reading Rebecca And so far I like it But I was wondering why did du Maurier become a DAme I can't find that information anywhere. If someone could help I would really appericate it Thanks
Aidan <>
- Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 19:00:34 (GMT)
I'm just finishing up my senior honors thesis at Westminster College on "Rebecca," "Mrs. de Winter," and Alfred Hitchcock's movie version. I'd be happy to help out anyone looking for information or anyone just interested in tossing some ideas around. E-mail me with anything!! Rebecca
Rebecca (how fitting....) <>
- Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 03:00:13 (GMT)
- Friday, March 24, 2000 at 01:59:36 (GMT)
Hi Im doing a project on "Rebecca" and Im looking for information on this book or your opinion if you have read it Can anyone help me? Please email me
Rebecca <>
- Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 21:12:27 (GMT)
Daphne's work is incredible! I really need some information on her for my English project. If you have any information on her would you please e-mail me? My e-mail address
Ashley Herring <>
- Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 19:29:27 (GMT)
I think that Rebecca is one of the best books ever written.
Kimmy <>
- Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 15:19:01 (GMT)
i've been trying to find out lots of information about daphne du muarier. I know she has been accused of copying charlotte bronte, I would like some information on that rumor, if anyone has any. thanks.
anna <>
- Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 14:48:12 (GMT)
I am a German Grade 12 student and have to do a book report for English on "Rebecca". Therefore I need all information I can get on the book itself (background information) as well as on the author. If anyone has information or a biography please send it to my e-mail address! Thank you!
Katrin Diercks <>
- Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 12:50:42 (GMT)
I am interested in creating a piece of theatre on Rebecca. Would people agree that the most interesting aspect of the book is the first half - before she knows who Max really is. This part of the book is the most psychological- the second half is more like an Agatha Cristie novel. I'd be interested to hear from other people. I am also delighted by the website.
Grainne Byrne <>
- Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 16:37:11 (GMT)
i have 5 of her books which are very old and exc. condition. they are as follows (1)the loving spirit 1931 copy (2)jamaica inn 1936 copy signed by her (3) frenchmans creek 1942 (4)hungry hill 1943 (5)the kings general 1946 they are all hardbacks if anyone interested please email me
judy milligan <>
- Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 19:47:33 (GMT)
- Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 13:33:55 (GMT)
I love Daphne's du Maurier's book "Rebecca". I was a wonderful book and I found out much more about the author from this site, it was great for my English report.
Rebecca Chopyak <>
- Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 00:25:02 (GMT)
I'm looking for a biography of Daphne du Maurier but couldn't find one. I would appreciate to get any web-address where to look.
Walter Moser <>
- Wednesday, March 08, 2000 at 17:11:57 (GMT)
In support of Richard Davis, I just wanted to say that I think that it's wonderful that books are igniting interest in children. For many reading is a chore. And if anything encourages them, even if they all do read Rebecca, surely it cannot be seen as a bad thing.
Sarah Munday <>
- Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 20:11:10 (GMT)
Hello Melinda I have read somewhere that Daphne wrote 'the Birds'. after seeing birds following the plough at Menabilly Barton Farm. That's near Fowey in Cornwall England, and is part of the estate where she lived in the big house while her three children were growing up. the story is that,seeing the noisy birds following the plough very aggressively, she thought what might happen if the birds were to take concerted action against their hated enemies-human beings! A frightening thought; think of all the creatures that still outnumber humans-spiders, ants beetles and bugs! They could all give us humans a very bad time if they could learn to act together-as we humans do (sometimes!!) Incidentally, did you know that Menabilly, which is very secluded and not open to the public, was largely the model for 'Manderley', where 'Rebecca' had lived and died , even before the book started? Best Wishes Sam
- Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 09:34:18 (GMT)
I am twelve and read Hungry Hill by Du Maurier. It was great and is part of an English project I have to do so this site is really useful. Thanks!!
Cathy Geldart
- Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 15:46:29 (GMT)
While I agree with Vidya that the 'King's General' is a marvellous read,I am always reluctant to read that particular story again. The history, and atnosphere are marvellously recreated, or so it seems to me! I find what happens to the young son very upsetting. I urge those who have not yet read the book, to read it, but with a big 'handkie' to hand! Best Wishes.
Sam Rimington <>
USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 09:11:31 (GMT)
I read Rebecca when I was 13 years old. It was a delightful experience.Since then I have read any du Maurier work that I could find. The King's General is simply superb. Dont miss it.
Vidya Sundaram
- Friday, March 03, 2000 at 13:54:47 (GMT)
Hi- My class read the short story "The Birds". I would like to know why Daphne wrote this story, because it is not like her other stories.Thank you.
Melinda <>
- Friday, March 03, 2000 at 01:07:35 (GMT)
I thought that the birds was an awsome book.
Angie Acuna <>
- Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 19:05:10 (GMT)
Like everyone else I need information on daphne I am doing a project on "The Birds" and I need background information and whatever else you have. It would be much appreciated thank you
Ali <>
- Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 14:55:01 (GMT)
Hey, i'm looking for more information on the author herself!!1Please send me it @ my e-mail address if you have ne
Chantal <>
- Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 20:00:19 (GMT)
PLEASE! GIVE ME SOME INFO!! I am desperate for some info on Rebecca, I am doing a sneior term paper and have run out of info and good quotes as well...please email me if u know of any good sources on the internet or in books!thanks! =)
Claire <>
- Monday, February 28, 2000 at 23:41:10 (GMT)
Hi, I am doing a 12A English research paper on Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and I was wondering if anyone can give me more information about this book and a few of the many themes it has....Thanks!
Andi <>
- Monday, February 28, 2000 at 23:05:09 (GMT)
Hi! I'm looking for a story "Monte Verita" write by Daphne du Maurier, please contac me soon!!!!!!
Jorge Luis Saldaña-Taboada <>
- Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 16:12:55 (GMT)
this is a very good website
Juri <>
- Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 20:17:45 (GMT)
Hi, I am a senior and I am doing a project on Daphne du Maurier. I have began reading Rebecca and I have been enjoying it so far. I have to read two more books by her and then find two reviews for each of the three books. I'm having trouble finding reviews and I was wondering if there was anyone that could help me. Please let me know if you can help me. thank you!
Jen <>
- Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 23:46:45 (GMT)
I have been a devoted fan of Daphne du Maurier for the past 22 years. I first read the novel REBECCA when I was 20 years old and have been reading everything and anything written by du Maurier since. This past October, I had the pleasure of touring Cornwall and staying in Fowey for three days. It was wonderful to hike along the du Maurier property and visit all the shops and places where she once lived and loved. I hope to travel back again sometime in the future and enjoy the Festival!
Sue <>
- Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 23:45:10 (GMT)
i am a senior in high school and I am doing a paper on du maurier. if you have any info or good websites to visit please email me. I would love to hear from you and I need some help with this. thanks
Hannah <>
- Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 20:15:08 (GMT)
The Loving Spirit was Daphne's first novel, and it seems to get very little mention in reviews of her work. I did not read it until a couple of years ago, but I was amazed at the grip it exerts on the reader, from start to finish. I recommend it, alongside The King's General.
John Baxendale
- Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 00:28:11 (GMT)
Request your favorite book and get it for free at
- Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 18:27:31 (GMT)
With respect, I think Ms. Brock is being a little hard. Research is all about asking as well as looking up and some of the youngsters she takes to task may not have English as a first language.
Richard Davis <>
- Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 18:10:42 (GMT)
I've been a reader since I was 12 years old, now more than 40 years ago. Daphne DuMaurier was not my first loved author, but she has remained the author I have re-read all of these years. I was thrilled to see that there was a Members Forum now to place thoughts on her work. The reality is sad: barely literate youngsters discussing only Rebecca and students trying to get other to write their assigned stories, even a newspaper writer requestig research on the first line of Rebecca. Still, I wish to share a lifetime ofreading her works and what it has meant to me. Beyond having read all of Daphne DuMaurier's works, I have read Frenchman's Creek each year for 40 years. Another work, which I never see mentioned is "The King's General." Please read it. It is so wonderful.
Mary Brock <>
- Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 18:10:48 (GMT)
It is wonderfull to see the Daphne du Maurier's home. Thank you very much.
jana jalcovikova <>
- Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 12:31:10 (GMT)
I went into my father's library when I was nine years old and picked up a book titled Rebecca. This hooked me on books and reading for life. My high school freshman advanced classes just finished reading The Birds. June Johnson
June Carvel Johnson <>
- Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 23:50:24 (GMT)
My love for Daphne's work came about following a trip to Cornwall last year. I satyed with my family at Duporth Bay, near St. Austell, and haven't actually returned to normal life since the holiday. The place is enchanting, much more so than my home close to the Yorkshire Dales. Trying to capture the spirit of Cornwall without the six hour drive is difficult, I am forever looking for pictures, music and of course literature. Daphne Du Maurier helps out there! A wonderful site.
Liam Wilkinson <>
- Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:52:24 (GMT)
Très heureux de faire partie du groupe qui admire tellement Daphne Du Maurier et tout ce qu'elle nous a laisse.
Terrence McGarry <>
- Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 19:27:48 (GMT)
Of my many favorite authors, Daphne Du Maurier stands out as one of the most bewitching. Once I reluctantly read Rebecca at the insistence of my mother, I was captivated, and she now takes pride of place on my bookshelf. I'm excited to see that so many other people seem to enjoy her as well.
Erin <>
- Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 06:20:52 (GMT)
Hello everyone. I posted quite a while ago on this board after I had just read Rebecca. Since then, I have read Frenchman's Creek, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn, and many of her short stories. I am working on House on the Strand. I continue to be amazed by the masterful style and depth of emotion that Daphne's works evoke in the reader. I hope to read them all soon. I was also able to see the wonderful Hitchcock film version of Rebecca. I would be glad to discuss any of these works with anybody: I also have a question: does anyone know if the 70s film version of Rebecca starring Jeremy Brett as Maxim is available anywhere? thank you. Rachel ;)
Rachel (rayn) <>
- Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 17:28:14 (GMT)
Hi! My name is ELizabeth and I am a student from New Brunswick Canada. I am doing project on Daphne du Maurier for an English project and I was wondering if anyone were to be so kind and send me information of this talented author? I will be presenting my project March 29th, so if possible could you email a few lines before then, the help would be great! Thank you for listening! Sincerly, Elizabeth
Elizabeth <>
- Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 21:19:36 (GMT)
Hello Rose and Rob Hall, sorry I have lost your email address (machine problems) please contact me. Thanks Sam
Sam Rimington <>
- Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 20:40:23 (GMT)
I do hope that the new domain name makes it easier for du Maurier fans to find thi Web Site. (It also enables me to check that this Members Forum is still working). Thank you for contributing.
JB <>
- Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 13:28:32 (GMT)
I have read and collected Daphne's books for years and years. I simply love them and find her entire life enchanting. I hope to attend her festival this year. I live in Colorado in the USA.
Virginia McKelvey <>
- Thursday, January 27, 2000 at 00:23:11 (GMT)
Hello, J.P. McKimmy, I was very sorry to read that you 'hate' all people who like Rebecca. I am sorry too that your 'reading difficulties' make it hard for you to like this book. I have a friend who has learning difficulties too, and his spelling is not easy, but we both laugh about it and don’t bother because he lets me know what he means. I understood your note on the website very well, so you did it right, don’t you think? Rebecca is hard in places, the writer can be hard to understand. I have read this book many times, and still find new things in it. I cannot understand a lot of school books, because they use words I do not understand. So I keep away from those books and stay with books I can read. I only read books that I want to, because the others make me miserable. When I was young I learned to read better by reading comics, Dandy and Beano, and the Eagle which I thought was best of all. The Eagle had Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future on the front, and was about a pilot of a spaceship. I always remember it as being very good and interesting. I am still very interested in space travel. Are you interested in anything like that. Do you think it’s a better idea to stick with reading things you like? I think that’s what I did. Best wishes Sam
- Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 08:55:55 (GMT)
I am bearly literate and I found this book real hardf to read. I hate all people that like this book. I cannnot understand it. I have to sign off because it taked me an hour to write these line.
J.P. McKimmy <>
- Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 02:33:28 (GMT)
Hello!I'm doing my coursework for A-level english and have chosen to study Rebecca. The trouble is, i'm a bit stuck on the question. "discuss how the writer enables us to share the thoughts and feelings of the central characters. How effective is this in your chosen text?" Please will somebody help me!!!!!
Wendy Howard <ggwnahoward@supanet>
- Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 22:36:37 (GMT)
Does Frank die in Rebecca?
- Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 19:31:51 (GMT)
I found the quote. Thanks! If you live in the New York area, you might want to pick up Newsday's Sunday book section, in which my review of du Maurier's biography will appear. It may also go up on the Web at Thanks to the people who e-mailed me!
Emily Gordon
- Friday, January 14, 2000 at 17:18:53 (GMT)
I have a paper due in two days on INNOCENCE VS. GUILT IN REBECCA. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or quotes that could help me? I don't have enough information for a three page paper yet!
Kacy <>
- Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 19:04:53 (GMT)
When I read Rebecca for the first time, I was only 16 - the age of the high school students who wrote chapter 6a, b, and c below in this guestbook. I was fascinated by the novel, but I couldn't believe why the second Mrs de Winter does never tell her husband about the hell she is living in the shadow of Rebecca and facing the defeats of Mrs Danvers. "Why on earth doesn't she tell him about her problems?" I asked myself. Now, 12 years and many experiences later, I read the book again - and I am shocked how intensively du Maurier describes the situation the young Mrs de Winter is in. Besides the story itself and the suspense of the book, the novel has a worth as a psychological description of a situation every woman can get into and her most probable reaction to it. And that's the relation of Rebecca with modern life, I think. By the way - are there any interpretations of Rebecca? I'd like to diskuss more about the book. Who is interested in diskussing it, too?
Annette <>
- Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 14:32:01 (GMT)
Hi--I'm writing a review of a new Du Maurier biography and just want to make sure that the beginning of "Rebecca" does indeed include the lines "We can never go back to Manderley again." If someone could e-mail me as soon as possible at, I'd be really grateful. Thank you!
Emily Gordon <>
- Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 16:33:26 (GMT)
Hi all :) I've only read "Rebecca" but I loved it enough that I'm going to look for more of her books. If anyone wants to comment on how Daphne du Maurier might relate herself into her novel "Rebecca", that'd be helpful since I'm writing a paper on this book. Just, any opinions or comments are welcomed. Please e-mail me :) Thanks.
Ashley Rae Jeppson <>
- Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 06:00:01 (GMT)
Ok, I have this character analysis due foe English & need information on the character "Beatrice". Info like when she comes into the book, what she does, and some quotes from her & about her. PLease E-mail me answers.
Bruno D. Kid <>
- Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 22:56:21 (GMT)
I'm a big du-Maurier-fan. I have read most of her novels three times in german and english. Last year in Cornwall I bought me the book "Daphne du Maurier Country". In this book I read the answer to the question of the christian name of the second Mrs. de Winter. Daphne du Maurier said: "I gave her no name because I was the girl." So her christian name could be Daphne. Max de Winter said her surname before marriage was a well-sounding old name. Something like "Du Maurier"! Other comments are welcome.Marianne
Marianne Schwachhofer <Marianne.Schwachhofer@t-online>
- Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 10:59:30 (GMT)

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