Daphne du Maurier

Amongst the most enduringly popular and acclaimed writers of the twentieth century, British author Daphne du Maurier remains best-known as the creator of one of literature’s best-loved novels, the taut and suspense-thrilled psychological thriller, Rebecca.

Born in London in 1907, Daphne du Maurier grew up in a world immersed in theatre, art and literature. Her father, the actor-manager Sir Gerald Hubert Edward Busson, encouraged Daphne in her ambition to write and held hopes that she would follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, George Du Maurier, the noted author of Trilby. Daphne’s relationship with her father was close but not unproblematic. Although she began writing and publishing short stories and four novels – the first of which, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931 – it was her frank biography of her father, Gerald, which first established her literary identity. In the mid 1930’s Du Maurier established a close and productive relationship with the publisher Victor Gollancz, who supported her in completing her fourth novel, Jamaica Inn, which became an instant bestseller.

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