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

MYSELF WHEN YOUNG

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Miss du Maurier, prolific author—of novels, travel books, biographies, short stories, plays—here indulges herself (her phrase) by writing out her "thoughts, impressions, and actions" from the age of ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.
Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.

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