The first author for Explore the Classics is Daphne du Maurier with sign ups starting today and will be open until the 29th. The tour will run from August 17 -31, please keep that in mind when selecting date preferences.
About Daphne du Maurier and her writing:
Daphne was born in 1907, grand-daughter of the brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier, daughter of Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day, she came from a creative and successful family.
The du Maurier family were touring Cornwall with the intention of buying a house for future holidays, when they came across "Swiss Cottage", located adjacent to the ferry at Bodinnick. Falling in love with the cottage and its riverside location, they moved in on May 14th, 1927, Daphne had just turned 20.
She began writing short stories the following year, and in 1931 her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit' was published. It received rave reviews and further books followed. Then came her most famous three novels, 'Jamaica Inn', 'Frenchman's Creek' and Rebecca'. Each novel being inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote. ~ from Daphne du Maurier.org
- The Loving Spirit (1931)
- I'll Never Be Young Again (1932)
- The Progress of Julius (1933) (later re-published as Julius)
- Jamaica Inn (1936)
- Rebecca (1938)
- Frenchman's Creek (1941)
- Hungry Hill (1943)
- The King's General (1946)
- The Parasites (1949)
- My Cousin Rachel (1951)
- Mary Anne (1954)
- The Scapegoat (1957)
- Castle Dor (1961)
- The Glass-Blowers (1963)
- The Flight of the Falcon (1965)
- The House on the Strand (1969)
- Rule Britannia (1972)
- Happy Christmas (1940)
- Come Wind, Come Weather (1940)
- The Breaking Point (1959)
- The Birds and Other Stories (1963)
- Don't Look Now (1971)
- The Rendezvous and Other Stories (1980)
- Gerald: A Portrait (1934)
- The du Mauriers (1937)
- The Young George du Maurier: a selection of his letters 1860–67 (1951)
- The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë (1960)
- Vanishing Cornwall (includes photographs by her son Christian, 1967)
- Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon and their Friends (1975)
- The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall (1976)
- Growing Pains – the Shaping of a Writer (a.k.a. Myself When Young – the Shaping of a Writer, 1977)
- Enchanted Cornwall (1989)
To Participate:For the Daphne du Maurier tour read and review one of her works and post about it on an appointed day. If you would prefer to read a biography or do a write up on the author instead that is perfectly fine too.
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This reading event is hosted by She is too fond of books. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.