Daphne du Maurier: Biography

Daphne du Maurier

13 maj 1907

Hailing from a family of famous people, Daphne Du Maurier also was a popular writer of the 20th century. She was the granddaughter of brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier. Daphne’s father was the most famous artist manager of his time.

Daphne along with her sisters was educated at home by a governess before attending schools. She liked reading from a very young age. When she was 20 years old, her family moved to ‘Swiss Cottage’ in Cornwall. She was so much attracted to the beauty of Cornwall that it became the inspiration for the novels that she wrote later.

After moving to ‘Swiss Cottage’, Daphne started to write short stories. Her first short story was published in 1928. In 1931, Daphne’s first novel, ‘The Loving Spirit’ was published and it received great reviews. Some of the famous novels written by Daphne like, ‘Jamaica Inn’, ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ and ‘Rebecca’ were adapted to movies also.

Daphne’s novel, ‘Rebecca’ brought huge recognition to her. The movie adaptation of the novel won the Oscars for Best Picture. One of her other novels, ‘Don’t Look Now’ was also made a classic film. Daphne’s last novel, ‘Rule Britannia’ was published forty-one years after her first novel released.

Following Daphne’s family tradition, her husband Frederick A.M. Browning was also very popular. He was widely known as the ‘father of the British air bone forces’ during World War II. Daphne received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her autobiography which was published in 1977. Also for the tremendous contribution made by Daphne to literature, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969.

After publishing many great novels and creating a niche for herself, Daphne Du Maurier died on Apr 19, 1989 in her most beloved place Cornwall.