Daphne du Maurier is considered one of the greatest writers in history. Her influence as an author is so widespread that people are aware of elements of her work without actually always being familiar with it. She was characterised as a romance novelist in her lifetime, a title she disliked intensely, and with good reason. Her writing cannot be defined by so narrow a genre. While there are elements of romance to novels such as Rebecca, her most famous work, Frenchman’s Creek and Jamaica Inn, her stories almost always explored the darker impulses and inclinations of human nature. Her works are intensely psychological, and it is for this reason that they have stood the test of many decades.
Born in England, du Maurier’s great love was Cornwall, where she set many of her books, even writing one specifically about her beloved adopted home called Vanishing Cornwall. Her beloved Menabilly, which she leased from the Rashleigh family for almost thirty years, was situated in Cornwall, and was, of course, the inspiration for the most famous house, Manderley.
du Maurier’s place in popular culture is secure. She and Charlotte Brontē having popularised one of the most famous frameworks in literature: that of the maturing young woman who must overcome internal and external psychological hauntings. But her stories are wide in their range, and it is this diversity that allows us to explore so many facets of her writing, and the subsequent adaptations of said works.
This year is the thirtieth anniversary of Daphne du Maurier’s passing, and so I think that it is quite fitting that we celebrate such a prolific and fascinating author, her works and the adaptations of these works.
- du Maurier wrote many works and there are a fair number of adaptations, although neither is endless. Therefore, I will be allowing three duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to du Maurier’s books, the adaptations of her works, her relationship with other authors etc, her connection with Cornwall and so on.
- I will not accept any unflattering or disrespectful posts about du Maurier. Nor will I allow any entries that focus on unfounded rumours about her private life. This blogathon is dedicated to her life and work and we want to celebrate her, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about her.
- Just to reiterate: the blogathon is being held on the 28th, 29th and 30th of June, 2019. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let me know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto me and I’ll post it for you.
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed thrice.
I very much hope that you will join me and that you will enjoy writing all about such a fantastic author!
Palewriter: Frenchman’s Creek (1944) and Rebecca (1997 miniseries)
Poppity Talks Classic Films: Vanishing Cornwall and a comparison between Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Hitchcock’s 1940 adaptation
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Her five favourite du Maurier novels and why Daphne du Maurier is her favourite author
Musings of A Classic Film Addict: Frenchman’s Creek (1944)
The Stop Button: Hungry Hill (1947)
Down These Mean Streets: A Comparison between My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier and My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Overture Books and Film: Rebecca (1940)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Scapegoat (2012)
Dubsism: Hidden Sports Analogies in The Birds (1963)