Daphne Du Maurier, Haunted Heiress

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Oct 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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Auerbach examines the writer of depth and recklessness now largely known only as the author of Rebecca, looking at the way her sharp-edged fiction, with its brutal and often perverse family relationships, has been softened in film adaptations of her work. She reads both du Maurier's life in her writings, and the sensibility of a vanished class and time that haunts the fringes of our own age.


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Daphne du Maurier, haunted heiress

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In an engaging prose style, Auerbach, a scholar of Victorian and feminist studies, reveals her literary passion for du Maurier, which started at age 12 while she was attending summer camp. She devotes ... Read full review

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This book is both a critical appreciation of Daphne Du Maurier's writing and a personal account of Nina Auerbach's relationship (as a reader)with Du Maurier. As usual, Auerbach offers fascinating ... Read full review

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Reading Furtively by Flashlight
The Men in Her Life
Family Chronicler
Life as a Man
Rebecca and Romance
Movie Star
Je Reviens
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About the author (2002)

Nina Auerbach is John Welsh Centennial Professor of History and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books, including Ellen Terry, Player in Her Time, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Our Vampires, Ourselves.

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