‘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.
via REVIEWS: ‘Taken By the Wind,’ by Ellen Hart; ‘The Vanishing,’ by Wendy Webb; ‘Delivering Death,’ by Julie Kramer; and ‘Lake of Tears,’ by Mary Logue | Star Tribune.
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.
via Novel successfully combines realistic and gothic elements | The Canadian Jewish News.
“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.
via Rebecca (1940) | British Film Institute.