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Daphne Du Maurier and Her Sisters
by Jane Dunn


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Celebrated novelist Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters, eclipsed by her fame, are revealed in all their surprising complexity in this riveting new biography.

The middle sister in a famous artistic dynasty, Daphne du Maurier is one of the master storytellers of our time, author of 'Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn' and 'My Cousin Rachel', and short stories, 'Don't Look Now' and the terrifying 'The Birds' among many.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Celebrated novelist Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters, eclipsed by her fame, are revealed in all their surprising complexity in this riveting new biography.

The middle sister in a famous artistic dynasty, Daphne du Maurier is one of the master storytellers of our time, author of 'Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn' and 'My Cousin Rachel', and short stories, 'Don't Look Now' and the terrifying 'The Birds' among many. Her stories were made memorable by the iconic films they inspired, three of them classic Hitchcock chillers. But it was her sisters, writer Angela and artist Jeanne, who found the courage to defy the conventions that hampered Daphne's emotional life.

In this group biography they are considered side by side, as they were in life, three sisters who grew up during the 20th century in the glamorous hothouse of a theatrical family dominated by a charismatic and powerful father. This family dynamic reveals the hidden world of the three sisters - Piffy, Bird & Bing, as they were known to each other - full of social non-conformity, love, rivalry and compulsive make-believe, their lives as psychologically complex as a Daphne du Maurier novel.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780007347094
  • ISBN-10: 000734709X
  • Publisher: William Collins
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 423
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Literary
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > Literary Criticism > English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

“In biography, families are the soil out of which character grows,” observes Dunn (Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell) in this study of novelist Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca) and her much lesser-known siblings: elder sister, Angela, who wrote two memoirs and a novel about lesbian love;, and youngest sister, Jeanne, who became a visual artist. Born to prominent theater family, they grew up among a glamorous set in Edwardian London before moving to Cornwall. Sheltered by their conservative parents, the sisters created a world of make believe and depended on another for companionship. Dunn’s eager, if repetitive narrative follows the sisters as they discover their place in the world, and seek love, vocations, and independence. Not surprisingly, Daphne gets the most attention. However, Angela—who burned much of her correspondence—emerges as a sympathetic figure, almost always in Daphne’s shadow and desperate for love. Angela and Jeanne both found their primary emotional attachments with women, a fact made more astonishing given their father’s horror at any hint of homosexuality. Overall, the author’s affection for her subjects comes through. Illus. Agent: Derek Johns, A.P. Watt. (Sept.)

 
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