This study of the three du Maurier sisters is part of a trend that involves suggesting, with varying degrees of subtlety, that the lesser-known siblings of superstars are the equals, or in some respect even the superior, in talent. This trend was slyly mocked by the witty Oxford novelist Barbara Trapido, who titled her debut “Brother of the More Famous Jack,” upending the relative renown of artist John Butler Yeats and his infinitely more famous brother the poet William Butler Yeats.
BBC1’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s hit novel begins tonight. Radio Times explores the beautiful West Country backdrop from the series
‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again … ”
The opening line of Daphne DuMaurier’s 1938 classic, “Rebecca,” still evokes chills in fans of Gothic fiction. DuMaurier’s opening captures concisely two of the genre’s most suggestive and significant motifs: a narrator recalling a nightmarish time in her life, and a mansion filled with secrets where her nightmare occurs.
Motherless Child, Toronto-born author Marianne Langner Zeitlin’s third novel in as many decades, is a superbly wrought romantic page-turner that has elements in it of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, with more than a touch of the latter’s gothic essence.
“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
These memorable opening lines evocatively set the scene for Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier’s popular novel and Hitchcock’s first American film project and winner of two Academy Awards (one for best picture). A haunting gothic romance, Rebecca is a suspenseful study in guilt and anxiety, exploring themes of love, obsession and power.