Myself When Young
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 WriterUser 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. Again...as in all her biographies, Daphne does not shelter herself from her concept of the truth in her autobiography. Read full review