Daphne du Maurier, Haunted Heiress by Nina Auerbach
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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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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.
Published October 25, 1999 by University of Pennsylvania Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As if that weren’t depressing enough, novels are further described as “unabashedly dull” (The Glassblowers) or “grim” (Jamaica Inn), and du Maurier herself as —weird.— The influence of du Maurier’s family (which included her grandfather George, the popular author of Trilby and creator of Svengali...

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I was stricken by the tragedy of the recurrent Johns and Henrys, each a diluted version of the last, all disintegrating under the inheritance that is their only identity.’ Auerbach keeps thinking she has outgrown that girlish fascination, but time after time ‘I read her again and fall back into h...

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