Myself When Young

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Little, Brown, Apr 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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Both her novels and her non-fiction reveal Daphne du Maurier's overwhelming desire to explore her family's history. In Myself When Young, based on diaries that she kept from 1920-1932, the most famous du Maurier probes her own past, beginning with her earliest memories and encompassing the publication of her first book and her subsequent marriage. Here, the writer is open and sometimes painfully honest about the difficult relationship with her father; her education in Paris; early love affairs; her antipathy towards London life and the theatre; her intense love for Cornwall and her desperate ambition to succeed as a writer. The resulting portrait is of a captivating and complex character.

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User Review  - amy_marie26 - LibraryThing

This memoir was surprisingly light and humorous, given my past experience reading Daphne du Maurier. It was a very quick read breezing over her life, her need for solitude, her independence from her Edwardian mother, and her struggle to become an author. Read full review

Review: Myself When Young: The Shaping Of A Writer

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

It was so interesting to read about this romantic young girl who became one of the most famous writers of our time. in all her biographies, Daphne does not shelter herself from her concept of the truth in her autobiography. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989.

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