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I have only just begun reading Du Maurier and i can honestly say that they are perhaps the most powerful and beautiful books ever written. she was a genius and should be remembered as one of the greatest influential female writers in history. May Manderley live on!
- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 16:49:59 (GMT) Hi everyone, Although I have read and enjoyed Daphne's books and film versions for many years,(I am now in my 60's) I have only just discovered that my family hailed from Fowey and thereabouts. I would love to hear from any Bravens who are still in the area. (Cornwall that is)
John Braven <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 15:09:45 (GMT) I'm just wondering if I should read Rebecca's tale after reading the beautiful book Rebecca. Or will it ruin my experience of rebecca?
- Friday, December 26, 2003 at 10:26:08 (GMT) vogliate comunicarmi il nome del vostro traduttore inglese-italiano...italiano-italiano....
- Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 10:43:16 (GMT) Mi ha molto schioccato il ventilatore di libri di Daphne,sarebbe bella installare qualcosa come quella dove potremmo tutto il raduno in su in linea e la chiacchierata circa i nostri libri...
- Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 10:30:56 (GMT) Just would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy new year. I agree this is a fantastic site and I pop in quite often to look at the messages added. I would recommend to any fan of Daphne Du Mauriers books to visit Cornwall. It is such a beautiful inspiring place, you can see how the area inspired her to write. It really brings her writing to life. my family and I go there at least 2 or 3 times each year and every time I discover something new there that keeps us going back. While surfing the net the other day I notice there were many book clubs with chat rooms atached, Just thought it would be lovely to set something up like that where we could all meet up on line and chat about our fave books and subjects related. May be useful for students too. It is just a thought. what do you think?
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:31:23 (GMT) I just want to wish all my friends a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. And here's to May, when we can hopefully all be together again for the Festival in Fowey, where we all honour Daphne's memory! God Bless Us Every one-to coin a phrase!
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 10:28:22 (GMT) Thanks to the organizers for this stie, which is a beautiful tribute to Daphne du Maurier. Recently I have listened to audiobooks of _The Scapegoat_ and _My Cousin Rachel_. They've brought home to me how our author combined "best-seller" suspense and romance with true literary intelligence.
David Hildner, Madison, WI, USA <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 03:44:34 (GMT) hey, love the site, love dapne du maurier books, and im on the site to get info on her so i can write about her for a book report project, so bye
- Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 17:32:30 (GMT) Just to wish all Daphne Du Maurier fans a happy Christmas and a wonderful new year. Happy reading! Also, thankyou for providing such an interesting web page and guest book which has provided me with much entertainment this year. Hope to read some books by Daphne in my english class!. Seasons Greetings, Holly
- Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 10:50:33 (GMT) Hello Du Maurier Folk, always loved 'Frenchmans Creek' so when in Falmouth in the Summer took the boat and enjoyed the trip,but oh! the commentary.. The stupid man pointed out a fairly modern house on a nearby cliff and said it was Menabilly/Manderley which it wasnt and said that Daphne had lived there which she hadnt and other inaccuracies which so annoyed me that I blanked them out. Never mind..the Creek was beautiful. Leaving Daphne for a minute, I always liked sister Angela's books and felt she never got the acclaim she deserved. I recommend 'Treveryan' 'The Road to Leenane' and another the name of which escapes me but had a 'Julian' as the hero. I thought the ITV 'Rebecca' in the '90s was a poor version and as for having a player in the title role. WELL!!!
- Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 00:03:51 (GMT) In my honors English class, we are currently reading the book "Rebecca". So far, we are only on chapter 11 (reading 2 chapters a day). We all agree that this is one book that is hard to put down, and we are so eager to read on! After this book, I think we might read "Jamaica Inn". This book is great so far!
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 17:44:36 (GMT) I have always loved Daphne Du Maurier's books, espically Rebecca. As we live in Cornwall and my mother is an avid reader of the books she decided to name me after one. This was originally Rachel but she changed this to Rebecca. As soon as I was old enough I was introduced to her books which I adore. I have visited Manderlay and Jamaica Inn and I often visit other places written in her books. I reccomend visiting these places if you can because you can picture the events and it becomes more vivid. Rebecca. X
Rebecca Devlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 10:56:23 (GMT) One day, at the age of twelve, way back in 1963, I found myself bedridden with a cold a bored to tears. In total desperation I began looking through my father’s book collection. Amongst his Reader’s Digest condensed collection, a title caught my eye. There wasn’t any particular reason why I should be attracted by the title, although I had plenty of cousins, none were named Rachel. I began reading the story and within minutes forgot about my cold, my boredom, even that I was living in the middle of New York City. This began my love of Daphne du Maurier and all of her books. I keep a collection of her books in our in our country house as well as our NYC apartment. And the very first book in that bookshelf is an old, quite used Reader’s Digest Condensation of five books, the middle title being MY COUSIN RACHEL.
Adele Vera-Angel <email@example.com>
- Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 19:32:29 (GMT) I discovered Rebecca when I was 13 years old. I was exploring the cupboards at my grandmother's house looking for something to read and came across a red cloth hard cover copy from 1941. The only decoration on the cover was the name Rebecca in the top left hand corner. I opened the book and was immediately engrossed. I have since read most of her novels and short stories as well as the "sequels" to Rebecca and a couple of biographies. Daphne du Maurier is my favourite author and I would love to explore Cornwall some day...
- Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 19:20:23 (GMT) I found this site very interesting as I am trying to find out more about my own families history and connections with Wyndham's Theatre in London and Mary Moore in particular. She was I believe involved with Charles Wyndham as there is some connection with Petworth House. My great grandmother was called Hilda Kennard and was related to Mary. The review of The Parasites was good and if there is anyone who knows where I can find out more about this era I would be pleased to hear from them
Julian E. Day <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, December 08, 2003 at 15:06:17 (GMT) I have just inherited a box full of books from my god mother and there are 4 copies of Daphne Du Maurier's books. They are The King's General (1949), Rebecca (1941), Jamaica Inn (1936) & Hungry Hill (1943) The covers are a bit ragged, with The King's Genaral Copy saying First Cheap Edition. Rebecca also says this but also "Price unchanged in spite of the war". Would anyone like to help me in valuing them, I can email photo,s. Ironic really as I live near Fowey and regulary walk the dogs down to Polridmouth under the Menabilly house. and up to the Gribben. Many thanks look forward to any help. Jamie
Jamie Mitchell <Jamie@mitch570.fsnet.co.uk>
- Friday, December 05, 2003 at 22:50:52 (GMT) After reading Rebecca which was suggested to me by a good friend.I had to read more about Daphne. I found an old copy of Jamaica Inn which was wonderful and ordered several biographies on Daphne and her family. I hope to enjoy more of her stories in the future. Thanks for a lovely website. Sarah xx
- Friday, December 05, 2003 at 14:08:04 (GMT) Hi Holly-and anyone else for that matter. I got tapes from the US,then had them converted to DVD so I could watch them in PAL. Please get in touch if you need any more info.
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 23:20:27 (GMT) Hello there, Does anyone know where I can get a video version of the BBC production of Rebecca with Jeremy Brett and Joanna David from the 1980s? To me this is the definitive version, far eclipsing the recent ITC effort. Please email me on the address below. John
john parker <email@example.com>
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 19:46:12 (GMT) I've been reading 5 books writen by du maurier(rebbeca,my cousin rachel, jamaica inn, mary-anne, frenchmen's creek). She is absolutely awsome..her way of writng really makes you live the story yourself....i am a big fan of her...
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 17:34:51 (GMT) In repliy to Matt, who saw the bbc adaptation, where did you get the video? As I have possibly mentioned, I am a great fan of Daphne Du Mauriers work and having seen the adaptation starring Charles Dance would like to draw comparisons! Thankyou, happy reading to all!
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 12:22:48 (GMT) I have just finished reading "Rebecca", and have fallen in love with Du Maurier's writing and the idea of Cornwall. I am married to a Brit, and would love to visit Menabilly. Is it possible? We may be coming to England from America this summer and would love to hear anything I can about vacationing in the area and what the chances are of getting a glimpse of Menabily. I also want to say it is great to read this site where lovers of great literature can meet. Thanks for any input! Lulah Devine South Carolina
Lulah devine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 01:07:30 (GMT) i'm engrossed in Rebecca even though I'm 14 and have only got to the part where she is moving to manderly I have to say I love this book
- Monday, November 24, 2003 at 17:29:28 (GMT) I have just seen the BBC 1978 adaptation of Rebecca on tape.Superb performances from Jeremy Brett,Joanna David and Anna Massey.
- Friday, November 21, 2003 at 22:53:18 (GMT) Well said Sam, I think you have echoed the thoughts of all Daphne fans.
- Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 21:06:03 (GMT) Isn't it sad that Lauren has such a lovely name, and such a foul turn of invective? One may only hope that maturity will affect a change in her behavior. Age has brought an inability to be seriously shocked by the behavior of our fellow human beings, just saddened and disappointed! What a pity it is, that her mother's travail, and her father's efforts, have resulted in the unpleasantness and obvious ignorance of this silly child. Lauren does sound a real little orc does she not? I am 'battening down the hatches', and 'standing by' for the expected storm of invective! All the best, fellow travelers in this increasingly stormy world; oh, and THANK GOD for Daphne, and for her inestimable contribution to our civilization. I see 'Rebecca’ is to be discussed on the 'Big Read' on BBC TV on Saturday night, so a different view from Lauren's will then be aired, probably better informed, and hopefully less profane.
- Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 08:42:19 (GMT) Can anyone confirm whether "September Tide" was first performed in Oxford on 11/11/48? I believe Daphne du Maurier dined at the Mitre Hotel in Oxford that night. Does anyone know who she dined with?
John Coppock <John@firesidebooks.demon.co.uk>
- Monday, November 17, 2003 at 18:59:39 (GMT) Abusive posting by Lauren removed - Moderator. John Coppock <email@example.com>
- Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 22:16:39 (GMT) Ciao Sharon non sono sicuro che cosa chiedete, io sono inglese e parlo soltanto un piccolo italiano, ma Rebecca era la prima moglie del massimo e la seconda moglie non è stata data mai un nome nel libro. Auguri
- Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 00:08:59 (GMT) il y a un vieux film noir et blanc appelé l'auberge de la Jamaïque que vous pourriez trouver ou sur amazon.com, ou sur Ebay.com, ou à la bonne chance d'étoile noire
- Friday, November 07, 2003 at 23:57:57 (GMT) je suis une fan du roman l'auberge de la jamaique et je recherche tous les films ou tÃ©lÃ©films realisaient grace au roman ;si vous avez des informations sur les noms des rÃ©alisateurs contactÃ© moi . merci d'avance .
fabienne bouchraa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Friday, November 07, 2003 at 09:50:06 (GMT) sto iniziando a leggere il libro di REBECCA LA PRIMA MOGLIE cosa ne dite???? lo consigliate?????? ciao a tutti DA SHARON
- Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 19:56:08 (GMT) After reading "The Parasites" I was amazed at how easily readable and deeply emotional Du Maurier's writing is. I recommend this novel with all my heart, and to any young person who might be looking for the right author to begin a life of reading with, I believe Daphne Du Maurier is a perfect choice. Her writing flows so well that you will find yourself half-way through one of her novels wondering where the time went and hoping the writing and story will never end. I am just now half-way through Rebecca and hope I can read everyone of Du Maurier's works with as much joy.
Alex Schantz <email@example.com>
- Sunday, November 02, 2003 at 03:59:09 (GMT) I recently read "Mary Anne", Daphne DuMaurier's book about her great-great grandmother. Was anyone else as fascinated as I was with this book? In trying to research more about the events described, I came across an original transcript (1809)of one of the trials described in the book, as well as reproductions of cartoons from the period about Mary Anne Clarke and the other players in the story. These helped to bring it to life even more. I would highly recommend it to D.DuM. enthusiasts.
Nick Claxton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Friday, October 31, 2003 at 19:05:23 (GMT) I am in the middle of Rebecca. I love it!! I have the movie waiting to watch it after I finish the book. I am so glad I discovered this book. I plan to read more of her books. Did not realize she wrote The Birds. I first saw that movie when I was very young. I still love it.
Teri Pearce <email@example.com>
- Friday, October 31, 2003 at 17:26:52 (GMT) I just finished reading "Rebecca". It was a very good book. From the very first page I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the sequal books to "Rebecca". An honorary job was done by Daphne du Maurier.
- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 01:07:05 (GMT) I am doing a critical research paper on Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, if anyone has any links that could provide me with information, please email me!
- Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 22:13:16 (GMT) Read Dont look now at the weekend, I believe there is a film version of this short story but I have never seen a video on sale, or advertised on internet - or maybe I just havnt looked hard enough. But I loved the story and would be interested to find out how to get hold of a copy if anyone can direct me in the right place.
- Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 21:04:05 (BST) Well, it is late October again and each year at this time I have my junior high students read "The Birds." They love it! The school is U shaped around a grassy courtyard and during the school lunch we have many seagulls hovering over the area. The birds line up on top of the school and watch where the students drop food and then swoop down to pick it up after the bell rings. As we read the story, the students see the seagulls in a new light and they wonder... Yesterday the school custodian asked me why we have so many seagulls at this time of the year. I told him it was because we are reading Daphne Du Maurier's story "The Birds!" We certainly have lively class discussions. It is one story I look forward to sharing with my students during the school year.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 20:33:53 (BST) Had a fantastic time in Cornwall last month (end of Aug). Time goes so fast. I was surprised to see all those changes going on at Jamaica Inn. Still beautiful location and my kids and I had a great time playing pirates in that huge play ship they have had built in the yard. I got chance to stock up with books from the shop in the inn and have been totally hooked reading those short stories. I just loved reading Monte Verita and the apple tree - amazing. The weather was just perfect so we were able to spend a few days exploring on Bodmin moor, such a fantastic place of such beauty. Well I was hoping to go back to Cornwall at half term but not able to due to work commitments so I am a little dissapointed. I will just have to go back to my books until I can get back there again which will probably be in the spring now. Anyone else read the short stories? I was really impressed and would recommend them for a good read
- Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 13:46:03 (BST) I studied Rebecca 12 years ago at the age of 14.It fuelled my love of reading and remains one of my favorite novels to date. Thank you for writing such thrilling story full of twists and turns.
- Monday, October 06, 2003 at 12:14:48 (BST) Does anyone have information about the 2004 short story contest for the Festival? Many thanks if you can provide some information!
- Friday, September 26, 2003 at 21:34:12 (BST) I just completed readin Jamaica inn it was absolutely fantastic i couldn't put it down.
Sophie Attwater <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, September 15, 2003 at 21:37:07 (BST) This summer I saw "Rebecca's Tale" by Sally Beauman in a bookstore and I was motivated to reread "Rebecca". Actually, I read "Rebecca", "Mrs. deWinter" (Susan Hill) and "Rebecca's Tale". Daphne du Maurier was one of a kind. Beauman wrote a creditable sequel, but it really can't match the artistry of the original. I read "Rebecca" when I was in my teens. I am now 60 years old and the novel was even more striking to me at present age. Surely the mark of a masterpiece is that it never loses its potency. I intend to get my hands on the 1940 academy award winning film........
Elizabeth Harvey <email@example.com>
- Friday, September 12, 2003 at 01:00:41 (BST) Hello everyone. Thought I'd let you know I'm off to lovely Fowey again for an autumn top up of that lovely place. I'm there Sat-Tuesday nights and have much to do, including Paying my respects outside Ferryside (Daphne's home before Menabilly/Manderley!) and seeing how ANNE and David are settling into Bookends of Fowey. I want to go to the Lost Gardens of Heligan again now it's Autumn. Then there's the Old Ferry and the Galleon, both bars with lovely river views. Wish my luck!
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- Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 14:40:26 (BST) Yes....another male reader of Du Maurier. I love her books, and could never understand why they are not more popular with the male species generally. They are full of gothic horror, suspense and atmosphere that their 'secret' amongst women needs to be widened out to all readers. I read 'Jamaica Inn' when I was 17 (after seeing the film) and was hooked. Far more entertaining than Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' to which it is often compared. I have just re-read (courtesy of the new Virago reprint) 'Rebecca' - it's power is undiminshed, and I have also heard (on spoken word cassette) 'The House on The Strand' this year too. Surprised this has never been made into a film. I have just read on this site something which intrigues me, concerning 'Julius'. This was re-issued in 1994 in Arrow paperback, but was heavily edited at the request of the Du Maurier estate. I have never heard of an author's work before which has been edited by the relatives of the deceased. I understand the 'anti-Semetic' material has been removed, but was wondering if there is an uncensored copy out there so I can make up my own mind!
Paul Statham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Friday, August 22, 2003 at 05:30:02 (BST) Hello Charlotte, I'm pleased that you, as so many of us, have found Daphne's books such a good 'read'. The note about plagiarism is not always unnecessary; sadly not everyone reads reviews as a spark to original thought. When young (and not only when young!) it sometimes seems easier to copy others thoughts rather than sift ones own- and know the difference. Best Wishes, and good luck.
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 09:36:55 (BST) Hello, I have just read 'Rebecca' as it was summer reading, I am a sophomore from Texas, originally from London, England and I just loved the book. I have an extra credit essay due in tomorrow and I have chosen to use 'Rebecca' as the subject. I must say I thought the little note about Plaigarism a little uneccesary, however the rest of the website is full of interesting information.
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 03:11:26 (BST) Nathalie, Comme courtoisie à nos visiteurs de France et ailleurs, j'incorporerai la capacité de traduire ces pages en français, espagnol, Allemand et Portugese. Je fais des excuses pour les traductions automatiques faibles, mais il est meilleur que rien. --------------------- Como cortesía a nuestros visitantes de Francia y a otra parte, incorporaré la capacidad de traducir estas páginas al francés, español, alemán y Portugese. Me disculpo por las traducciones automáticas pobres, pero es mejor que nada. --------------------- Als Höflichkeit zu unseren Besuchern von Frankreich und anderwohin, enthalte ich die Fähigkeit, diese Seiten ins französisches, spanisches zu übersetzen, Deutschen und Portugese. Ich entschuldige mich für die schlechten maschinellen Übersetzungen, aber es ist besser als nichts. --------------------- Como uma cortesia a nossos visitantes de France e em outra parte, eu incorporarei a abilidade de traduzir estas páginas em francês, em espanhol, o alemão e o Portugese. Eu desculpo-me pelas traduções de máquina pobres, mas é melhor do que nada.
- Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 09:45:43 (BST) I have recently learned of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for fiction in the romantic suspense genre.) If anyone has any information I would really appreciate hearing from you. Email me at Gajachje@aol.com. Thanks!
- Friday, August 01, 2003 at 20:12:21 (BST) Est-il prévu une version française du site pour les fans de la grande et unique Daphné Du Maurier ? Ce serait un honneur pour la France. Nathalie
- Friday, August 01, 2003 at 14:49:00 (BST) Just started reading frenchmans creek for the second time. Read it last summer and just could not put it down. I feel I must see the place that inspired the author. She is so descriptive of the environment the story is set in, it makes it so real. I am truly hooked on Daphne Du Maurier. There is just something so addictive about her books. I cant wait for my visit to Cornwall in the next few weeks. I can stock up with books to take home to the midlands. I find they are so difficult to get hold of in the big stores hear, copies can be ordered but it is not the same as going to the shop and being spoilt for choice which is what I find when I visit Foey or the shop at Jamaica inn. Cant wait to start reading the short stories, from reading your comments they sound really exciting. It really is great to see so many other fans on this site who share my thoughts. The Loving Spirit is still my fav up to now, I would recommend it to any one.
- Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 16:08:18 (BST) I have just finished the last 8 hours of my life devouring The Scapegoat. This delightfully brooding and beautiful book was a gift, second hand and well read from a friend. He promised Id be pleased, and my expectations have been far surpassed.
Sarah Letain, Vancouver, Canada <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 01:56:26 (BST) Hi Loui, I suspect the BBC have the Rights to show clips from their 1978 version. This is normal practice. No, they wouldn't wipe it. But they don't have the Rights to repeat it. Complicated but it really wasn't that great. I watched some of it the other day and it looks somewhat dated in style & presentation. Stick with the Hitchcock version. Best regards. Kits
- Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 19:47:14 (BST) Hullo: To all du Maurier fans. I read the book Rebecca. It was exceptional. It was given to me as a summer assighnment and of course I resented reading it. After I got past the very discriptive beggining where the setting was being set it was easy to get into the book. This was my 1st du Maurier novel, I hope to read more. I too needed to have a dictionary present while I read, but it was all worthwhile. I do wonder though why the second Mrs. de Winter's true name was never mentioned even when Maxim had the letter delivered to her. This was a book filled with shocking surprises; espcially about the late Mrs. de Winter. I absolutely enjoyed it!!!
- Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 00:44:29 (BST) I WILL JUST SAY HELLO TO MY FELLOW DAPHNE FANS. AND ALSO, GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!
steve mcclung <SPELTZDATER@YAHOO.COM>
- Friday, July 25, 2003 at 02:35:22 (BST) Hello Adele, I have considerable sympathy with your opinion. Our paranoid current attitudes to personal preferences really ought not to be applied to earlier generations, especially as they are no longer around to defend themselves! We live in a democratic country though, where free speech is valued, so preventing others the right of free expression might be difficult. Freedom to conform is not really freedom at all is it. Best Wishes everyone
- Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 21:23:43 (BST) The publishing of Daphne du Maurier's work by Virago is no cause for celebration. Ostensibly a feminist publishing house, it's true agenda is lesbian. Sally Beaumann in her ludicrously biased introduction to Rebecca views the whole novel as an expression of the conflict between sexual conformity and suppressed homosexuality. With no evidence at all she claims the author was a lesbian. An injunction should be slapped on Virago. We cannot let gifted women from the past be slandered by a vociferious minority. Adele
- Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 00:58:38 (BST) Hello, just replying to Lorraine. Being an english student, I enjoy reading many books, and unfortunatley, have never studied it at school. However, I do have a theory about the heroins name not being mentioned. I have herd on numerous occassions that the name was not mentioned because it could add to the mystery of the character. From the style of writing, and the tone in which she talks about her father perhaps shows how special she was to him. By not saying the name, it emphasises this. This is just my views though, I'm no expert! Have you ever read the 'Daphne Du Maurer Notebook' if you haven't you should because it reveals a lot about Du Mauriers idea behind the story, and the origional ending she had in mind! Its very interesting. It is nice to speak to people with similar interests, most of my friends think I'm insane because I am such a big fan! Oh well, must go, look foward to reading more insiteful comments soon!
- Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 09:05:15 (BST) I have read Rebecca many times over more than probably 30 years. It is my favourite book and one I always return to after regular doses of the latest paperback best sellers. The novel Rebecca is one of my best friends and has helped me through the sadness of bereavement, anxious times in hospital as well as holiday reading on beaches, on trains and while waiting in airports. Well imagine my delight when in 1998 I was studying for a degree in English Literature (I was a mature student) and Rebecca was on one of the modules under the heading 'Gothic Literature'. I was able to discuss the novel with many other people on my course, but I wonder if the readers of your 'Members Forum' have any theories on the heroine's name and why it was omitted from the book. You'll remember that when Max de Winter sent the heroine a note, she was surprised that he had spelt her name correctly. Why? Max remarked that she had a lovely and unusual name. She replied that her father was a lovely and unusual person. Could that be a reference to the surname or did they have the same christian name? Maybe Lesley/Leslie. That is a name that people do often spell incorrectly. Or was Daphne thinking of her own name Du Maurier. That is a lovely and unusual name which is probably often spelt incorrectly. (I hope I've spelt it right). I would love to hear your views on this or any other aspects of Rebecca. I've only found this site today, after it was mentioned in last week's Daily Mail. I feel that I've found so many likeminded friends. What a great website. Kind regards Lorraine.
- Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 16:53:25 (BST) Hello freshman Lizzie; thanks for your kind comments about Daphne du Maurier, she was a very special lady wasn't she? Thanks too for your remarks about Ann Willmore's reviews; they are very good arn't they? Your small criticism though is not correct. Possibly understandably you have mis-read "The central character of Rebecca is the second wife of Maxim de Winter". You are quite correct in YOUR statement, but then so is Ann! Put inverted commas around the word Rebecca, turning it into the book title, and all should become clear! The fact that you so immediatly emphathise with Lady Daphne's stories is very good; I hope you enjoy her other books too. I hope you will try 'My Cousin Rachel', 'Jamaica Inn' 'The king's General' and the others, not forgetting my favourite 'House on the Strand', which is deeply frightening, but terrific literature! There is a short story too 'The Old Man', which is a classic of reality perception, guaranteed to destroy any woollie perceptions we may harbour about 'mother nature!' Awesome! Best Wishes Lizzie, and everyone.
- Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 00:06:32 (BST) I discovered Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca just three short days ago, as an assignment for my Freshman year's Honors English Class. Though I am not quite done with it yet, I have already fallen in love with the book. The language that du Maurier uses is just exquisite, though there are some words that I hadn't known until I looked them up in the dictionary. Whenever I start a new book, I like to look for reviews on it, so I can already be familiarized with the story. While reading your excellent review on Rebecca I did notice one large mistake however. It is written there that: Rebecca, the central character to the story, is the second wife to Maxim. That, obviously is quite incorrect, for the nameless narrator is his second wife, and Rebecca was his first. With that exception, the review was very good however. Thank-you for insightful website.
- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 17:31:43 (BST) I had discovered Daphne du Maurier in my grandfather's attic. It was "Rebecca", it was five years ago and since then I started to collect her books. I just want to say that I love her!
- Friday, July 11, 2003 at 00:31:24 (BST) I read the novels "The blue Lenses" and "The birds" and i 'm dazzled from the style of this writer, and also of her mystery: very few news about her: i want know all about her!
- Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 15:38:02 (BST) Where I am from the local libraries almost all have one or two copies of the various DuMaurier films. They always have one version of a film but never the other. Most libraries, if they don't have film or book you are looking for, they can get what you want from another library or at least tell you what library might have it. It's worth a try! Happy reading and watching!
- Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 03:55:03 (BST) So pleased to find this website, my son and I went to Jamaica Inn 2 years ago, He would love to see the Video of Jamaica Inn, the one with Jane Seymour in, Does anyone know where we can buy one? I`ve always been a Du Maurier fan now my son is also.
J ean Rogers <email@example.com>
- Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 19:15:13 (BST) Hello there, Just found this site while surfing for info on Jane Slade, just finished reading the loving spirit for the second time and was amazed to find so much fact related to the novel. Has anyone read Jane Slade of Polruan by Helen Doe? Think I will pick it up on my next visit to Fowey (I love that bookshop). It is great to see a site that has so many messages from fans of Daphne Du Maurier. I first discovered her during a visit to Cornwall about 3 years ago. My family and I went to Jamaica Inn. I loved the location and was so taken in by the surroundings I thought I would buy the book to see what it was all about. From then on I fell in love with Daphne Du Mauriers world and there is always one of her novels or something relating to her or the place that inspired her on my coffee table - I am totally hooked. I have never read any of her short stories yet but will be purchasing a copy after reading your comments on this site. My family and I are visiting Cornwall in August and as a late birhtday present for myself (it was yesterday) I want to buy a large frammed print. I want something that relates to an area that inspired Daphne Du Maurier in her writing and I want it to include water - the sea, a river etc. Any one know of any local artists that will help me on my quest to find the prefect print for my lounge? Tina.
- Friday, July 04, 2003 at 14:17:34 (BST) Hello again, have just seen the books by Angela Du Maurier on this site, has anybody read them and if so what are they like? It seems interesting that both sisters were authors, how do they compair? I think I will read these too just out of interest!
- Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 10:12:41 (BST) I agree with Holly about the impact that the short stories have; I read 'the Old Man' a while ago, and it remains a deeply unsettling image. I won't spoil it by revealing the plot, but it's image remains both frightening and saddening. Also it's cruelty would be revolting, did it not seem so true! A Romantic, Daphne most certainly was not, but what she did seem was just incredibly clear sighted! Good luck Ann and David, who are taking over Bookends of Fowey on Tuesday 1st July!
- Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 16:00:09 (BST) Dear Lorna, The 1978 BBC version of 'Rebecca' is not available. Not the fault of the BBC or the Du Maurier Estate. Suggest you get original Hitchcock version or the Carlton TV one made in 1996.
- Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 12:35:11 (BST) Hello, Havent visited this site for a long time! It looks brilliant. Have recently got copies of books such as 'Hungary Hill' and a book of stories which are just as intriguing as Daphne Du Mauriers larger novels! Have others read those books, were they earlier or later books, and what do you think of them in comparison with the other books. I hope to read a lot more of her books too. From, Holly.
- Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 17:16:59 (BST) Thank you Lorna. I have always wanted to see the video of the 1978 BBC version of Rebecca, but I live in Japan and I can do nothing , or I don't know what to do to make my dream come true...
- Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 15:04:00 (BST) I'm sure this is an ongoing preoccupation for all fans of Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca, but does ANYONE have a video of the 1978 BBC version???? I'm getting desperate....!! I know it isn't commercially available, but can we start a campaign or something? This is a huge oversight on the part of the BBC and really ought to be rectified for the sake of fans of good drama (and Jeremy Brett) everywhere!
- Monday, June 16, 2003 at 14:54:35 (BST) Daphne du Maurier,who r u? why r u doing this? what kinda life r u living? I'v been reading this novel for a few days,and not through yet.... but I'v got caught by your words....and I feel living in that book myself....which reminds me of feelings when I read Hemingway..... now,Daphne,I am yours,I am a boy from CangZhou,a small city in China.....just like Cornwall. See you.
- Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 01:38:17 (BST) GREAT smokes loyal customer for close to 8yrs,bought a pack last night that would not open with out ripping open the lid which apears to be glued to the inner flap so I was left with ageeked out lid all night
Amanda Lundquist <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 23:25:07 (BST) du Maurier cigarettes should come out in tubs and pouches. Thanks.
- Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 19:08:44 (BST) du Maurier smokes rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 19:07:37 (BST) Today at 4pm BST on BBC Radio 4 in the BOOK CLUB James Naughtie speaks to Sally Beauman. They discuss Rebecca, it is repeated at 4pm BST Thursday 5 June. Book Club is broadcast by Radio 4 on 92-95 FM and 198 LW Radio 4 Homepage Radio 4 Arts and Drama
- Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 08:42:46 (BST) Sorry Lawrence, just re read your message; if its an Englishman it has to be Michael Maloney. Mel Gibson is either US or Oz. Sorry
- Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 20:21:40 (BST) Hello Lawrence, It could be either Mel Gibson (Mad Max), or Michael Maloney (Truly Madly Deeply); there appears to be at least two versions on talking books. Hope this helps! Best Wishes
- Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 20:19:11 (BST) Dear Friends, Could anyone out there enlighten me as to who did the narration for a book on tape version of My Cousin Rachel? The tape must be about as old as cassette tapes or close at least. He's an Englishman. That much I can determine. Beyond that I don't know. i have been enjoying the story to and from work, and am almost to the conclusion. I had seen a film version as a child, with Richard Burton and Olivia DeHavilland. Although I can't recall that much about the film, I think they were well cast as Phillip and Rachel. What an expertly-layered psychological merry-go-round. I have found myself sitting in my car, not going anywhere, but just listening to the progressing drama. I marvel at DuMaurier's human insight. She is easy to appreciate in that regard. Any help on who it is I'm listening to would be appreciated. And thanks to the keeper of this site. Somewhere for an insomniac poet to go late in the night for company.
Lawrence Cataldo <email@example.com>
- Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 07:26:37 (BST) Hello everyone, Thanks Maari for your comments; have you read Anya Seton's 'Katherine' yet. That was my favourite book for years, before being displaced by 'Lord of the Rings'. Katherine was the long time companion of John of Gaunt, bearing him four illigitimate children, who eventually became important in British history, after their birth was 'put right' I was pleased to hear that you, John, was at the du Maurier Festival in Fowey; I was ther too for the whole event, staying at the 'Safe Harbour', up the hill just behind the church. I wonder if we passed in the street-like 'ships that pass in the night'. I particularly enjoyed 'Captain Correlli's Mandolin, and the talk of retired TV film reviewer Barry Norman; although many other items will stay with me too! 'Bookends' opposite the festival shop has changed hands,and has been taken by my (we met at previous festivals)friends Anne and David Willmore, who take over from 1st July. They intend doing internet business in second hand books, so they represent a major outlet for all things DdM etc. Anne is particularly knowledgeable on all things DdM; indeed, it is she who is writing all the Reviews we find here, and which are 'hopefully' useful for students and readers alike. I wish Anne and David 'good luck' in their new venture. Best Wishes everybody.
- Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 08:04:38 (BST) Hello, it has been quite awhile since I visited last. The site looks wonderful! Very nice update. As with everyone here, I've been busy... happily reading! Sam, you once mentioned some other authors you enjoy along with Daphne DuMaurier. My you do have good taste in reading. I have read several of the authors you mentioned. I just recently finished reading In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard and enjoyed it thoroughly. Before that I read Anya Setons' Green Darkness and Foxfire. I became so engrossed in reading Green Darkness I couldn't put it down. Thanks for a tip that has brought even more enjoyment to my reading time! Our local library is starting to carry more DuMaurier books, so I can finally start reading soo many her books that I couldn't seem to get my hands on before. I finally got to read The Loving Spirit, which I had been searching for, for quite some time, and I absolutely loved it. And I just got a copy of Echoes from the Macabre. I can't wait to get started in that one. Happy reading to all!
- Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 02:41:02 (BST) I was re-reading Du Maurier's best seller;Rebecca and I came across Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman. Unfortunately, I was unable to really enjoy "Rebecca's Tale" by Sally Beauman.almost complete rehashing of du Maurier's novel, with the same questions posed: who was Rebecca? Was she an immoral, manipulative and heartless femme fatale? Or was she a beautiful and tragic heroine, much misunderstood and misinterpreted? Was her death a crime of passion? Or cold blooded murder? And after ploughing through 400 odd pages, these questions were still not answered completely. The only new bits, discounting the new characters that were introduced to facilitate this investigation into Rebecca's life, was that we learned a little about Rebecca's past, before she met and married Max -- about her childhood and her mother's purported affair with Max's philandering father. A rather over the top plot line I thought. But even here, doubt was constantly being poured onto these new bits of information, so that you really feel as of you're taking part in some kind of futile exercise! I couldn't help but wonder what the point of "Rebecca's Tale" was, since it raised questions, but resolved very little, except to make one of the investigators, Ellie, realise that there were worse fates than ending up a spinster. Briefly the plot of "Rebecca's Tale is as follows(If you don't want to know look away now!): twenty years after inquest into Rebecca de Winter's death was held, Colonel Julyan, the justice of the peace who had been in charge of the case, receives a mysterious package in which he finds a black notebook and two photographs, one of Rebecca, and another of Manderly, the de Winter estate. The arrival of this package coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, Terence Gray, who for reasons of his own, is digging into Rebecca's past. At the Colonel's behest, Gray teams up with the Colonel's daughter, Ellie; and soon, the two are busy interviewing the local people who knew Rebecca, and reading her diaries. The picture that emerges is a slightly confusing one, and more questions are raised than answered. For example: why did Max de Winter marry again so soon after Rebecca's death? (We know why of course, but for Gray & Ellie, this question is most perplexing.) Also, the portrait of Rebecca that emerges after reading her diary for the year of her death is not a very flattering one: the Rebecca of those diary entries appears to be obsessive, manipulative, paranoid, and slightly deranged. But is this the real Rebecca? That is the question that both Gray and Ellie must decide. And this of course leads to the big question of how she died. Did she plan the course of her death, using Max as an instrument of her death? Or did Max finally snap and decide to be rid of a wife he no longer wanted? The problem, for me, is that "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier, is one of my all time favourite gothic novels. I remember reading this novel for the first time with great fondness. I also remember taking to the nameless heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter, and disliking Rebecca very, very much. Nothing about this novel made me change my mind about these feelings or notions. The thing is that for me anyway, Sally Beauman's "Rebecca's Tale" did not enhance du Maurier's in the same manner that Jean Rhy's "The Wide Sargasso Sea" enhanced Bronte's "Jane Eyre." Nothing was really resolved. There was no new dimension or facet to the mystery that was Rebecca and everything remained ambiguously the same. Rebecca remains the enigma that she was in du Maurier's novel, and I just felt as if I had wasted an entire afternoon on nothing.
Kate Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 23:25:07 (BST) Thank you for your kind remarks about this website. Its been a hobby of mine for several years now, and its a pleasure to see it grow in appeal and usefulness. We have just returned from the Festival in Fowey where we had a wonderful time, with a waterside cottage and even a launch moored outside, at very reasonable rates. Our only regret is that we did not book to visit more events, but hopefully next year. We particularly enjoyed the 'Rebecca' guided walk and Patrick Moore's talk. The final concert was a real experience - as 'Snake' Davis put it - 'The Poshest Tent he's ever performed in!'
- Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 11:40:20 (BST) Hi. It is some while since I last visited this site.You really have done a wonderful job in updating/improving. My first visit to this site put me in touch with members of my Dyer family (G/Grandfather) through the article Tides of Time. Keep up the good work, I will e-mail this site to my friends across the water in Canada and America.
"Mac" Graham <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 17:35:31 (BST) Daphne Du Maurier is an excellent writer. Rebecca being one of my favourite novels, I decided to read more of her and have just finished the amazing Jamaica Inn. A great talent!
Jennifer Smedley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 16:23:49 (BST) I have only just discovered the genius of Daphne du Maurier and can't get enough. I started with Rebecca and went onto My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn and Frenchmans Creek. I have never been so absorbed or excited and pride my self on reading a lot of varied literature. Du Maurier rules!
Wendy Cragg <email@example.com>
- Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 00:06:40 (BST) Have just rediscovered this great author and am eager to read her early novels. The local library doesn't have them. Any suggestions? Thanks, Janice
Janice Spiecker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 22:32:19 (BST) Daphne du maurier's play "September Tide" was performed at the Sidmouth Summer play Festival in 1994 or 95
david lay <email@example.com>
- Friday, May 09, 2003 at 19:00:14 (BST) Hello! I'm a Japanese woman, teaching English at a high school."Rebecca" has been one of my favorite novels since I read it as a first novel written in English when I was eighteen . Almost thirty years have passed, and now, I've just finished reading "Rebecca's Tale." Wonderful and overwheling! I want to thank Daphne du Maurier again for leaving such a nice novel as "Rebbeca", which continues to live in our hearts and give us even some hints for living.
- Monday, May 05, 2003 at 00:16:54 (BST) This is a special moment for me, a few weeks my dearest mother passed away and maybe she was one of the greatest lovers of Rebecca, I am sure she read it 10 times over and over again, and now she is gone and left me alone, I will read it in her place, over and over again. A great book and a great author Adelin
- Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 10:56:23 (BST) Hello everyone, this is in answer to Anne and David's question asking who is going to the Festival. The answer is Me,Me, Me! I'm anticipating my fourth,or is it fifth festival eagerly; there are some splendid events, thinking particularly of my anticipation for the talks by Barry Norman,Libby Purves, and Patrick Moore. Then there is an interesting talk about Angela, Daphne's sister, who I never knew,sadly' was an established writer too! So roll on Friday week when I hope to be back at the Safe Harbour Hotel in Fowey, meeting all my friends from previous years!
- Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 20:38:45 (BST) I first read Rebecca three years ago in my freshman year of high school. I absolutely loved it! It's still my favorite book. I love Daphne duMaurier's style of writing.
- Monday, April 28, 2003 at 21:06:02 (BST) I have a hard bound copy of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. No Dust Cover and a slight water mark stain of the cover. On the title page is her name in signature by rubber stamp. Is this normal for her books?
Christopher A Long <Laser1952@webenet.net>
- Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 23:42:16 (BST) Fans of Daphne du Maurier's best known novel Rebecca, please join the Rebecca Fanlisting! The URL is: http://www.geocities.com/rebeccabookfans Join today! :)
- Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 02:04:59 (BST) Ann & I will be at the Festival, who else is going to be there?
- Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 22:31:02 (BST) In reply to Linda, there is a book called "Literary Houses - Ten Famous Houses in Fiction" by Rosalind Ashe which might be the book that you are refering to. My copy was published in the US in 1982. It is a large format hard back book and it includes houses from the following books: Rebecca, Great Expectations, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The House at Seven Gables, The Great Gatsby, Dracula, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Howards End and The Hound of the Baskervilles. There is a chapter for each book with beautiful colour illustrations, black and white floor plans for the rooms and text relating to the original novel to accompany each chapter. It should still be possible to find a secondhand copy.
- Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 18:47:34 (BST) I'll always remember the first time I read Daphne du Maurier, beginning with Rebecca and for one whole summer - when I was 18 years old - I read every one I could get my hands on. It was the best summer of my life! Frenchman's Creek had a profound effect on me and remains my favorite secular work of fiction (I am now 41). That book is different than any other work I have ever read and I am a prolific reader. To this day I am looking for a living, breathing version of Jean Benoit Aubrey - hope I'll find him someday. I have been disappointed in most film versions of her books (Rebecca was tolerable). I am also looking for a book written back in the late 1970's on favorite fictional houses, with wonderful sketches, etc., that included Manderly and Navron. Love this book! If anyone knows which book I'm talking about, I need to know the author or some resource for buying it. Thanks!
linda bishop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 04:10:56 (BST) Don't forget to vote in the BBC's Big Read. goto http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/form.shtml and you can nominate the book of your choice.( of course a daphne!)we have until the 19th April. David
- Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 21:34:49 (BST) I don't know much about Phyllis Bottome and I have not heard of any published correspondence between her and Daphne du Maurier, but they were certainly friends and it is likely that correspondence between them did exhist. I think she was a British writer born in about 1882, the daughter of a village parson. She later travelled extensively in Europe and the United States. Her writing career spanned about sixty years and she wrote many novels, short stories and a three part autobiography. The titles of her autobiographical books were "Search for a Soul", "The Challenge" and "The Goal". In 1962 to celebrate Phyllis Bottome's 80th birthday a book of her short stories was published. She had written nearly a hundred short stories during her lifetime and she consulted with Daphne du Maurier in the choice of twentyfour to go in the book. Daphne du Maurier also wrote a preface for the book, which was entitled "Best Stories of Phyllis Bottome". If anyone knows any more we would be very interested.
- Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 19:10:19 (BST) I have heard that Daphne had correspondence with a minor American novelist Phyllis Bottome (married name Phyllis Forbes Dennis). Her name does not appear in the list of correspondence.Does anyone know of the existence of such a correspondence. RN
ron nowicki <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 14:29:05 (BST) I think that Jamaica Inn would make a brilliant tv series or modern film! Such a brilliant story to dramatise. What do others think?
- Friday, April 11, 2003 at 09:37:23 (BST) Hello George, I agree with you that House on the Strand would make a very good film; lots of opportunities for special effects, and the drama could be realized amazingly well. How do we get the media interested though! I'm not getting into who could be cast though, after all we all have our own ideas about who would be most suitable! Best Wishes everyone.
- Wednesday, April 09, 2003 at 08:59:41 (BST) My favourite book is "the House on the Strand" too. Does anybody know if a film has been made of it? George
- Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 23:41:23 (BST) I've read rebecca from the age of 10 onwards. I know the book like the back of my hand. I want to know if her family can provide any details of her writing habits/oddities/ inspirations/aspirations.
anu acharya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, April 07, 2003 at 12:41:44 (BST) There is a wealth of information in this website. I hope that a summary of each book can be presented in this website also.
- Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 12:03:56 (BST) The site has been unavailable for a couple of days, so I was relieved to find this morning that a 'facelift' was the reason for the interruption to service. The update is a vast improvement; it looks good, and it's greater speed is pleasing. How often have I sat fuming, waiting for 'summat' to happen. Many thanks for your efforts. Best Wishes
- Thursday, April 03, 2003 at 08:10:53 (BST) Should read: You have "done" a good job, looks great.
- Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 20:37:31 (BST) Hi John, You have a good job. looks great. Dave
- Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 20:35:43 (BST) Temporary notice to check this still works. Hope you like the new layout.
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- Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 13:29:57 (BST) Years ago, I discovered the novel Rebecca in a tiny bookshop in London on a cold, rainy night and was simply entranced from the start. du Maurier was a writer with an unparalleled genius for imagination and prose. Recently I was thrilled to stumble upon a few of her titles in an antique store, gathering dust on a shelf. Imagine someone selling or giving these away. Please do others a favor and introduce them to du Maurier. Recommend your favorite story and encourage them to read it--they will not be disappointed. du Maurier's stories deserve to be recognized among the literary masterpieces of all time. Go on--tell a friend.
- Monday, March 24, 2003 at 09:03:40 (GMT) Hello again to Holly, In my answer about the books Mrs de Winter and Rebecca's Tale I should have said that Rebecca's Tale was published in 2001, sorry about that!
- Friday, March 21, 2003 at 12:19:59 (GMT) This is a reply for Holly. Mrs De Winter was written by Susan Hill in about 1993. It is the story of what happens to Maxim de Winter and his second wife when they return to England after a period of time in exile in Europe, following the fire at Manderlay. I have only read it once and that was when it was first published, but my feeling was that Susan Hill tried to write it very much in the style of Daphne du Maurier, but it came over as a bit flat compared to Daphne's brilliant writing which draws you into her world and absorbs you completely. The novel included such characters as Mrs Danvers and Frank Crawley. If you have ever read Daphne du Maurier's book The Rebecca Notebook and and Other Memories you will know that the original ending to Rebecca was very different to the ending that Daphne actually gave the book. Susan Hill ended her novel very much in the way that the Rebecca Notebook describes and I remember thinking that it was a clever twist and over all a good novel. Rebeccas Tale was written by Sally Beauman and published in 1991. It brings the story forward by about twenty years and includes people such as Colonel Julyan and Jack Favell. It takes into account the story line that is in Susan Hill's book as well as the story of Rebecca. It is a very complicated story, but is brilliantly written and hold's you in just the same way as Daphne du Maurier's writing. When I read it I felt as if Sally Beauman walked in Daphne's foot steps......wonderful......read it, read them both!
- Friday, March 21, 2003 at 08:57:22 (GMT) Hello, its Holly again. Just wondering, is 'Mrs. De Winter' the same book as 'Rebeccas Tale?'Has anybody read it/ them and if so, how does it compair to the origional novel 'Rebecca' thankyou!
- Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 08:37:35 (GMT) I had to read Rebecca for my Reading class, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The book goes into so much depth that the suspense is uncontainable. This is the first book I have read by Mrs. du Maurier, and I am planning to read more. I am also planning to read Mrs. De Winter, and I am quite sure that it will be spectacular as Rebecca!
- Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 02:09:24 (GMT) Hi! I have to write a critical analysis over the novel Rebecca. I would really like to hear your opinons over it, or if you have any good sites on where i could find more critics over this novel. Any help with this will be GREATLY appriciated. PLease E-mail me with any comments.
- Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 15:04:42 (GMT) Bonjour, je suis ÃƒÂ la recherche de document sur DaphnÃƒÂ© du Maurier ainsi que sa nouvelle "Les Oiseaux". Pouvez-vous m'envoyer des informations si vous en avez. Je vous remercie.Claire PS : avant le 25 Mars 2003.Merci.
- Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 15:58:28 (GMT) Just to add to that last posting I mean where was Mandalay set in the film - I know Du Maurier based it on Menabilly in the book.
- Friday, March 14, 2003 at 12:02:40 (GMT) Hi, I hope someone might be able to help me. I'm working on a historical films database for the SW of England and want to know if Hitchcock's Rebecca actually used any locations in Cornwall. Out of interst I'd also like to know where Mandalay was set. Was it a real house, was it in England? Does anybody know? I know the BBC remake used Caerhays Castle as Mandalay. Please email me if you have any info - it would be greatly appreciated!
Tom Balch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Friday, March 14, 2003 at 11:59:56 (GMT) Please ade short story "The birds" Daphne du Maurier in your Book Reviews!I will wate.If you have this story you can send me by E-mail!
- Friday, March 07, 2003 at 13:39:52 (GMT) Hi. Im doing a book report on My Cousin Rachel. Does any one know where I can get free cliff notes on the book. If you do please email me very very soon. I need an A!!!!!!!!!
- Friday, March 07, 2003 at 00:01:26 (GMT) FOR SALE -------- I have 1 pack of Unopened Canadian DuMaurier King Size Cigarettes-1989-1990 Excellent Condition. Have Pictures. $200.00 Canadian, O.B.O.
- Thursday, March 06, 2003 at 18:04:36 (GMT) i am doing a 5 page long paper for school and i was assigned the life and works of Ms. Daphne Dumaurier i however know nothing about her, if anyone can help me and email me someof her reviews works life and information you have at all on her. i would love to here from you if you have something you personally have written make sure so send me your full name and the title of your work so i can possibly quote you in my paper i need this information as soon as humanly possible my paper is due in about 2 weeks. thank you very much .
- Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 14:41:26 (GMT) Hi Holly again, and those of you who may be interested in the Du Maurier festival. I now have a bit more time to describe the festival in detail. The festival takes place over 10 days or so in the middle of May every year. The events are mainly at what is called the festival village, behind the Fowey Hall Hotel, which is a wonderful group of tents – a bookshop, bar & food, lecture theatre and main hall. Other events take place in the town hall, bands on the quay, exhibitions in various locations, and walks of course in the surrounding countryside. There are five different categories of event at the festival. 1) talks about aspects of Daphne’s life and work. 2) talks by authors or famous people about writing, film making etc., (in the past we’ve had Sandy Toksvig, E.V.Thompson, Sally Beauman, and my favorite: Oliver Postgate, who was the creator of The Clangers and Bagpuss). 3) walks and boat trips that highlight the local places that influenced Daphne’s writing and where she lived most of her life. 4) evening entertainment ranging from rock and folk groups (in previous years Bob Geldolf, Rick Wakeman and this year Fairport Convention, Chas & Dave) comedians (Mel & Sue, Roy Hudd and this year Dave Gorman) personalities (Alan Titchmarsh, Clement Freud and this year Clive James). 5) Plays by local dramatic societies, the best of which are the Tywardreath Players, who do a different Du Maurier book every year (this year it is Rule Brittania). They have done marvellous plays such as Frenchman’s Creek on a tall ship in Pont Creek last year, and Jamaica Inn actually in Jamiaca Inn itself the year before last. This site should really have a better link to the Festival – feel free to copy any of this summary Ann. For a little more information see www.foweytown.co.uk and click on the DuMaurier Festival. That gives you a phone number and address to get a brochure and for booking. Ignore the bit that says it hasn’t been finalised yet – the tickets went on sale yesterday – March 3rd. Also of interest may be an account of an American’s visit to the festival in 2001 published in ‘The kiss of death’ Volume 8 Issue 3 May/June 2002 which can be found on the internet at www.rwamysterysuspense.org/KOD%20May02.pdf. The festival has been going since 1996, and I’ve been to all except the first one. It was originally funded by a grant, which expired after 5 years, and it is currently touch and go whether it will continue. This year apparently the funding was only finalised in December, a bit late to organise it – but they have done a great job. Please support the festival this year if you can – we may then have one next year - and hopefully for many years to come.
- Tuesday, March 04, 2003 at 12:01:36 (GMT) Hi There! Could anyone give me a more detailed boography of Daphne du Maurier? for I'm having a presentation next week. Tanks a lot!! Ciao, Marlous (Even in Holland we visite your web site!)
Marlous B <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, March 04, 2003 at 07:59:07 (GMT) Hi Holly The Du Maurier festival is fantastic. My wife Rose and I go down to Fowey many times a year now, and it all started because we went to the second ever Festival. The talks and entertainment are so varied that something will appeal to you. I recommend that you get a brochure pronto (see elsewhere on this site).
- Monday, March 03, 2003 at 17:31:19 (GMT) Hello everyone! I am a big fan of the Daphne Du Maurier books, and would love to go to the festival one year. Could anyone tell me what it is like? I think Rebecca is a wonderful book, and I am facinated by her unique style of writing in every novel. Good luck to everyone studying her books at school, you are lucky, I have not studied any at school, but read them at home. This site is brilliant! Hope to read many more too!!!.
- Monday, March 03, 2003 at 11:17:47 (GMT) Hello,everyone. I'm a Chinese university student of English major,I'm a senior.Now,I'm writing my thesie paper.My topic is ----Analysis of the main characters of Rebacca .I like the novel and the film.I like the heroine and I'm glad to see the different results of different actions.I want to show that different actions leads to different results,and encourage people to have good action,to be kind,good-hearted,easygoing to others. Could anyone be kind to give me some wibesites to find some information,or give me some material,or mail me some valuable books.I'm lack of them.
William(Wang Zongqiang) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, March 03, 2003 at 09:14:42 (GMT) Sam, "The House On The Strand" was indeed frightening at times simply because, as you mentioned, Dick lost total control of his mind and body. The power of the drug was too overwhelming. With each trip he took, it seemed that he became increasingly hopeless concerning his lot in life. The story says a great deal about society in general. Beware the demons that may lurk in the shadows of your soul and be happy with what the Good Lord has given you! Thanks again!
- Saturday, March 01, 2003 at 15:55:52 (GMT) Ahhh!!! I have to do a paper on jamaica inn and i was wondering if anyone had any ideas on theme or writting syle... if so email me pleeeeeease!
- Friday, February 28, 2003 at 03:16:18 (GMT) I have to input my two penn'orth. My favourite book by Daphne is the 'House on the Strand'. It is intensely frightening to watch, as the writer in the story gradually looses control over his own life. The mix of 'time', and 'history', and 'drugs', is very potent. 'My Cousin Rachel' is equally powerful I think; IS Rachel 'good' or 'bad'. Again the writing is just SO tight, and evocative. The black and white film wth Olivia de Havilland and a young Richard Burton remains a favourite. I recently read a short story that Anne Willmore very kindly sent me, 'The Old Man'; it was fantastically good, and deeply frightening, and absolutely spot on in it's depiction of the -I was going to say cruelty, but that's just a man made word- the total indifference of Nature. She was masterly in her creation of a situation, that she would then destroy abruptly. Was the story set in Venice like that too, I think so; that was 'Don't Look Now'. Daphne too was sublime in her ability to 'think herself' into characters; in I'll Never be Young Again, she epitimised the remorseless changes that time can bring. Her clear sighted, frightening view of the world in which she found herself remains unparalleled. What is it about writers, especially inspired writers such as Daphne, that can let a reader 'see' the world that has been created, and 'feel' the emotions that the characters are experiencing. It must be a God given gift. When I try, it reads like a school essay, and a very immature reading too! God Bless her memory!
- Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 00:21:38 (GMT) Thanks, Justin, for reaffirming my manhood by letting me know I'm not alone. And thanks to Ann for the recommendation. I'm going to search for it today, as it sounds enthralling! Good Day to all!
- Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 21:22:22 (GMT) As a male reader of Daphne's work I would absolulty agree with Daphne not being just a writer of womens romantic fiction. Her work is much more complex than this title suggests. I have read 6 of her books and am aiming to get the rest of read in the next few months. Daphne's work is captivating and everyone can get something out of her works. It's good to see another male reader who enjoys her. All the best.
- Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 09:30:34 (GMT) I am of the opinion that a lot of people dismiss Daphne du Maurier as a writer of women's romantic fiction. Nothing could be further from the truth and I was really pleased to read the last message from the man who has just read The House on the Strand and enjoyed it so much. Each of Daphne's books is different but I think another one that you would particularly enjoy is The Scapegoat, which is the story of two men who exchange identities.....but I won't say more than that because you will want to read it to find out what happens......
- Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 07:57:17 (GMT) I don't know that there are many male readers of Mrs. DuMaurier's material, but I've just finished reading "The House on the Strand". Totally and completely fascinating! Unlike anything I've ever read. Modern novels pale in comparison to this! Could you recommend any of her other novels that might be similar? Thank You!
Edward Dixon, Jr <email@example.com>
- Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 00:04:28 (GMT) Hi, I am after the Folio Society edition of Rebecca and was wondering if it was availible to buy somewhere other than having to join the Folio Society... Any help would be great. Am currently reading I'll Never Be Young Again which I am finding a fascinating read...what are others thoughts on this?
- Monday, February 24, 2003 at 16:49:40 (GMT) Dudley, I asked this same question back in October and the reply was that Rev. Densham is featured in "Vanishing Cornwall".
- Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 04:14:28 (GMT) Hello, This is just a quick message to say that I have just put the latest book review on. It is "The King's General". I hope people find it useful. Don't forget that if anyone wants to review any of Daphne du Maurier's books they can e-mail their review to me and I will add it to the book review page for you.
- Friday, February 21, 2003 at 22:27:22 (GMT) I wonder if the parson referred to wasn't 'transmogrified', very loosely I hope', into the albino parson in Jamaica Inn! That's the only one I can think of! I'm still watching the post for my brochure for the Festival in May; can't wait! Best Wishes everybody.
- Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 21:29:14 (GMT) Very informative site. I promise to come back. :) Samantha Williams
Samantha Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:02:43 (GMT) I believe DDM wrote a book based on teh life of Rev Densham the vicar of Warleggan on Bodmin Moor. Can someone tell which book? - Many thanks for an excellent website
Dudley Edmunds <email@example.com>
- Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 17:36:10 (GMT) I read Rebecca and I loved it. I recently started My Cousin Rachel and I am loving it also. Daphne du Maurier's books always keep you on edge and guessing. She was really a talented writer.
- Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 23:29:09 (GMT) Does anyone know where I can purchase a copy of 1978 BBC TV version of Rebecca starring Jeremy Brett and Joanna David with Anna Massey as the sinister Mrs Danvers?
Jane Pennington <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 11:26:42 (GMT) This past December, during the Christmas season, I talked my husband into visiting Cornwall, and Fowey, where my beloved author, Daphne Du Maurier based most of her books, because of her love of Cornwall. My favorite book of all time was "Rebecca", and when we stayed in the Fowey Hotel in a room with bay windows overlooking the Fowey River, and looking down at the waves crashing on the rocks, I knew that I was truly near Manderlay, and it was truly a dream come true. We dressed for dinner that night in the elegant red dining room, (incidentally one of Daphne's lovers stayed in this hotel) and the next day went to look at the ferry landing and "Ferryside", once the home of Daphne, and now the home of her son "Kits" (Christopher Browning)and his family. Then as we rode out of town, we tried to find "Menabilly", and although it is unavailable to the public, you can still have an idea of the area by following the road to the gates of Menabilly. On the way out, we saw "The House on the Strand" sign, where her second home, Kilmarth was used as the house in "The House on the Strand". Then we had lunch at "Jamaica Inn". I really felt that I had "died and gone to heaven" for a longtime dream to come true. I hope that I will be able to go to the festival in May. DuMaurier was such a talented writer to take an idea of a house, and a situation to construct a book like "Rebecca", and it is much deeper psychologically than people think. She was just brillant, and often said that if she hadn't lived in Cornwall, she probably would have just been a regular person like other people. This area, when you see it makes one want to write, I agree! A toast to you, Daphne! I would like to say to all of you that loved "Rebecca" and her other books,read some of the biographies about Daphne, particularly the ones by Margaret Forster. Her life was as interesting as the books she wrote. She was never a pretentious person, and just loved being at home at her beloved Menabilly, and the walks on the Cornwall Coast.
Rosalyn H. Martty <email@example.com>
- Monday, February 17, 2003 at 21:11:31 (GMT) For a copy of Mobil Masterpiece Theatre's VCR SV10125 copy (or DVD?) of "Rebecca" starring Charles Dance & Emilia Fox, call 1-800-255-9424 to WGBH The two-part series costs $29.95. WGBH's address is on the Internet, or WGBH, 327 Holly Court, Williston, VT. 05495. There are so many inquiries about this, know you will be interested.
Rosalyn Martty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, February 17, 2003 at 20:52:16 (GMT) 'rebecca' is one of the most beautiful books i have come across.and definitely du maurier's best, though ' my cousin rachel' comes close. even without the mystery part, the simple and amazingly naive mrs de winter[whose name sure is 'daphne', beautiful and unusual] is so endearing that the book is a winner already. rebecca leaves a lingering sense of having read something worthwhile after a long time.truly a classic.
- Monday, February 17, 2003 at 13:44:38 (GMT) Captures the essence of each character and makes you feel you were there.
Linda Dunn <email@example.com>
- Monday, February 17, 2003 at 13:23:52 (GMT) Daphne du Maurier is a charming author. I am doing my senior year research paper on her inspiration for writing. For those of you that have read only Rebecca pleas consider reading her other novels they are not like Rebecca but they are wonderful. She would not want to be remembered only for Rebecca although it is her only novel in print.
Apopka, FL USA - Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 22:10:28 (GMT) I grew up reading Rebecca, and it is still one of my favourite books, as are My Cousin Rachel, and Frenchman'S Creek. Whenever I visit Cornwall, I always visit Jamaica Inn, and the Daphne Du Maurier exhibition.
- Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 15:36:10 (GMT) I think the Daphne Du Maurier books are brilliant. Rebecca is such a wonderful story. The relationship between Maxim and the second Mrs. De Winter is wonderfully described and works so well! Does anybody ealse think the t.v series of Rebecca starring Charles Dance was brilliant? I would like to play the second Mrs.De Winter one day if anybody ever does a remake, which would be a good idea. It would be such an amazing part to play. She may not be one of the most bold Heroins within Daphne Du Maurier books, but she is described so well that one has sympathy for her situation and I think she handles it very well! I think these books should be studies more in schools too. Brilliant site for fans!
- Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 10:22:57 (GMT) I have read many books by Daphne Du Maurier,and all of them are wonderful. I think the dramatised 1997 version of Rebecca was brilliant. I would like to be an actress, so it is my ambition to play the second Mrs. De Winter one day if they ever do a re make, which I think is a brilliant idea!
- Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 11:02:26 (GMT) Is the 1978 BBC Rebecca production with Jeremy Brett & Joanna David available for purchase anywhere? I'd love to have it, its the best TV production I've seen. Thanks, Lee, Halifax, NS, Canada
Lee Shane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 16:58:52 (GMT) I stumbled across Daphne du Maurier while researching the origin of my name. I know it is a village in England but my Mom named me after a character in a book. I thought it mught be one of her books and have loved all I have read thus far. Doeas anyone know if "Lerryn" is a character in one of her books? Reply appreciated...Lerryn USA
- Tuesday, February 04, 2003 at 01:25:48 (GMT) rebecca is my favourite book ever love from mrs. shearns english group
- Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 14:56:15 (GMT) I have just read "The House On the Strand" which I was enthralled by. The fascinating way duMaurier goes from the present to the past is awesome. She must have known those of England very well and although I am from the United States she makes everything so clear that I can see it all clearly.
dottie ladner <email@example.com>
- Monday, January 27, 2003 at 20:12:37 (GMT) I loved the book Rebecca and the old black and white movie that came out in the 1930's or 1940's.I look forward to reading Rebecca's tale.
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- Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 14:47:06 (GMT) When I was thirteen, I read REBECCA for the first time. The year was 1957, and I was enthralled. I introduced my seventh and eighth graders to this masterpiece of Gothic literature, and the rest is literary history, for my students, at any rate. Each year younger brothers and sisters enter my classroom, knowing that they will immerse themselves in this novel. It is the finest single teaching tool I have ever used. Years after having studied this novel, former students still write to me explaining that REBECCA was the first novel they ever enjoyed. What a tribute to du Maurier.
Suzanne Jackson <email@example.com>
- Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 05:22:11 (GMT) I have a copy of Rebecca, 1938- it has always been very special to me. The author transports you through time and circumstance. I've loved her work
Sherry Bayer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 05:27:44 (GMT) Hallo, eine tolle Homepage hast Du da. Man kann sich lange aufhalten. Weiterhin viel Erfolg wünscht www.zichte.com und Partnerseiten www.gratisklingelton.net und www.creammaster.de
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- Friday, January 17, 2003 at 18:44:40 (GMT) I loved your book it was interesting and romantic. I look forward to reading some of your other books.
- Monday, January 13, 2003 at 19:33:53 (GMT) guymen stay away thank you and nice site
- Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 13:05:13 (GMT) I've very quickly become a fan of Daphne du Maurier, having now read 5 of her books. I'm anxious to know about her and collect as many used, hardback volumes as I can find. To date, I've found all of them in my local library, sold by Friends of the Library.
- Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 03:51:59 (GMT) I really loved 'Rebecca,' and since I thought it would be boring for my book report, I was in for a big surprise. Most books i read for a book report are boring, and I cannot get into them. I must admit that Rebecca can be a little long on the details in the beginning, and hard to get into, but I loved how du Maurier kept my attention the whole way through! She is an excellent author, and I hope to read her other books. Also, I would recommend that you read 'Rebecca' if you haven't already. It's really a great book!
- Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 05:29:36 (GMT) Hey! Before I get to the point of this I want to say that I absolutely love "Rebecca." Du Maurier did an excellent job combining a Gothic novel with romance. Anyway, I just wanted to ask everyone what their most memorable quote from the book is? Something besides "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" since that one is so famous. If you're just beginning to read the book, enjoy! If you've already read it, I hope you enjoyed it!
- Monday, January 06, 2003 at 00:46:28 (GMT) like annie willmore below, i was once fascinated with THE kinG's general, which i read for the first time at age 14. of course i am enthralled with REBECCA and du MAURier's brilliant horror short stories including "Don't Look Now," but TKG held special meaning for me in that it turned out to be somewhat prophetic about my own life: after not heeding a veiled warning, i became ill with severe cebv following a routine vaccination and have been permanently disabled and unmarried ever since. i am now highly psychic, and naturally one of the first spirits i tried to channel was sir richard grenville. id found his DEFENSE previously at the university library containing his corpulent portrait, but could hardly read it, it was so dull. to my surprise, i tuned into his only son dick, a tall dark and handsome "dandy" in his own words who claims he was not the charmless wimp daphne painted him to be. in fact, disappointingly, much of his fathers romantic personna was heavily borrowed from sir bevil grenville (dick says this should be GRANville) and himself, while the real general was a bisexual misfit, terrified of water, who joined the militia in order to proove himself to his father sir bernard. thus dick could be modeled on him, their characters switched. both richard and bevil, also no saint, were womanizers and rapists constantly covering up scandal. even richard's published portrait could be sir bevil's, as his brother was taller and thinner. the real general was plainer with a sandy complexion, saucy nose, and strawberry blonde hair, and physically resembled modern actor errick stoltze in one of his less-handsome tv military roles. many of the granvilles dyed their hair redder to keep up their image, dicks spirit claimed. sir richard did have a mistress named honor, but as annie had the opportunity to learn in real life (what a delight!), she was not disabled, only arthritic with a bad limp. she had several children by him and seems to fit the picture of the debauched dairy maid who had joe (no such person) in the story. they didnt live together, fought constantly (richard was not above delivering her a few blows), and harris, at times a prostitute, complained of not enough support. sir richard recently passed on from his last life as a low-key london solicitor who lived to be only about 50 again, succumbing to a myocardial infarction. dick says the skeleton found in the buttress at menabilly was definitely not his since, as du maurier mightve gleaned, he drowned en route to holland when the boat carrying his father capsized; only sir richard and his crew survived. he also says one of the renowned granville statesmen in the 18th century was sir bernard reincarnated. again, this is psychic information and not to be taken too seriously, but inspiring should any of it be true.
- Sunday, January 05, 2003 at 04:14:30 (GMT) How do you get cigarette smoke off of painted walls? Much apprciated your reply
Lnda Inkster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 21:49:01 (GMT) daphne dumaurier is riveting, exquisite, genius on the scale of agatha cristie and albert einstein her works are so moving and penetrating and a pleasure to read
john guglielmelli <SFGARDENING@AOL.COM>
- Friday, January 03, 2003 at 03:58:23 (GMT) it was a great pleasure 4 me to see this site.i would b more thankful if u can mail me a novel synopsis and ur biography??????????????????
- Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 18:52:45 (GMT) Hello again. Well, I finished my first paper on 'Rebecca' and I am now onto 'The Glass Blowers.' If anyone has any information relating to literary analysis or symbolism from this book please get in touch with me. I would greatly appreciate it!
- Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 18:24:36 (GMT)