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Daphne Du Maurier

by Oriel Malet

ISBN: 9781590774564
ANNOTATION:
A compilation of letters sent by Daphne du Maurier to her close friend Oriel Malet with further text by Oriel Malet linking and contextualizing the letters.
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ISBN: 9781590774564
ANNOTATION:
A compilation of letters sent by Daphne du Maurier to her close friend Oriel Malet with further text by Oriel Malet linking and contextualizing the letters.

Annotation

A compilation of letters sent by Daphne du Maurier to her close friend Oriel Malet with further text by Oriel Malet linking and contextualizing the letters.

Publisher Description

Daphne du Maurier's correspondence with Oriel Malet began in the early 1950s, after they met at a cocktail party in London. At least twenty years separated them: Oriel was a gauche young writer while Daphne was the famous, much-feted author of bestselling novels including Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, and Rebecca.

The friendship flourished for thirty years, fed by the letters that arrived faithfully from Menabilly, the du Maurier house in Cornwall. While Oriel tasted life on a houseboat on the Seine and mixed with the aristocratic Who's Who of Paris, Daphne's letters tell of her family, past and present, her marriage to General Sir Frederick Browning-a war hero known privately as Moper' whose fits of melancholy caused many a crisis at Menabilly-and events like Prince Philip coming for dinner:We've got only four knives with handles, and one silver candlestick must be glued!' Most of all, her letters are a valuable record of the complex and rigorous art of a fine and well-loved writer: the brewing' of a plot, the research, and thepegging' of secret fantasies onto a living person in order to create classical characters such as Cousin Rachel and Roger Kylmerth.

Disarmingly frank about sex, an earnest seeker after spiritual and psychological truth, Daphne du Maurier is revealed in her letters as an inspiring and delightful correspondent-as well as a once-in-a-lifetime friend.

Author Biography

Oriel Malet was born in London and spent her childhood in Wales. She completed her first novel at the age of sixteen. Her second was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Since them she has written many novels, two biographies, and a children's book. She lives in France.

Long Description

Daphne du Maurier's correspondence with Oriel Malet began in the early 1950s, after they met at a cocktail party in London. At least twenty years separated them: Oriel was a gauche young writer while Daphne was the famous, much-feted author of bestselling novels including Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, and Rebecca. The friendship flourished for thirty years, fed by the letters that arrived faithfully from Menabilly, the du Maurier house in Cornwall. While Oriel tasted life on a houseboat on the Seine and mixed with the aristocratic Who's Who of Paris, Daphne's letters tell of her family, past and present, her marriage to General Sir Frederick Browning-a war hero known privately as 'Moper' whose fits of melancholy caused many a crisis at Menabilly-and events like Prince Philip coming for dinner: 'We've got only four knives with handles, and one silver candlestick must be glued!' Most of all, her letters are a valuable record of the complex and rigorous art of a fine and well-loved writer: the 'brewing' of a plot, the research, and the 'pegging' of secret fantasies onto a living person in order to create classical characters such as Cousin Rachel and Roger Kylmerth. Disarmingly frank about sex, an earnest seeker after spiritual and psychological truth, Daphne du Maurier is revealed in her letters as an inspiring and delightful correspondent-as well as a once-in-a-lifetime friend.

Product Details

Pages
326
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
Year
2014
ISBN-10
1590774566
ISBN-13
9781590774564
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
Letters from Menabilly Portrait of a Friendship
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
Oriel Malet
Short Title
DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Language
English
Media
Book
Author
Oriel Malet
Audience
General/Trade
Publication Date
2014-08-15