Know Your History – 13th May – Daphne Du Maurier born

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On this day… 13th May, 1907 – Daphne Du Maurier

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was a Cornish author and playwright.

Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca (the film adaptation of which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941) and Jamaica Inn, and the short stories The Birds and Don’t Look Now. The first three film adaptations were directed by Alfred Daphne du MaurierHitchcock and the last by Nicolas Roeg.

Her grandfather was the artist and writer George du Maurier and her father the actor Gerald du Maurier. Her elder sister Angela also became a writer, and her younger sister Jeanne was a painter

On Writing

Du Maurier had a storytelling instinct that caused tension and suspense to mount. She wrote in her notes prior to beginning her work:

“I want to built up the character of the first [wife] in the mind of the second… until wife 2 is haunted day and night… a tragedy is looming very close and CRASH! BANG! Something happens.”

Did You Know?..

She was a recluse and though she was married and had children, she was alleged to have been a closeted bisexual.

For more interesting facts on Du Maurier visit this wordpressers blog:-

https://everybookandcranny.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/weekly-geeks-author-fun-facts/

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