Thursday, April 4, 2019

A to Z: Letters to Dead Writers: Daphne du Maurier

This month I'm writing one post for each letter of the alphabet, all on the theme of "Letters to Dead Writers." You can see my theme reveal post here and learn more about the blogging challenge here.

Today's writer is Daphne du Maurier

Dear Ms. du Maurier,

My mother gave me your books to read, having loved them herself. They were dark and brooding and dreamy all at the same time. The settings were sweeping and emotions ran high. Mom was right. They were perfect for me.

Rebecca is the one I've read the most times since, though I have now read nearly everything you published. I have a hardback copy of Britannia, but I've been putting off reading it, because then I'll be out of your words to enjoy.

Recently, my classics book club read Rebecca, and there were some among our group who thought your book too light to be considered a classic, but I think they underestimate you, as unfortunately, critics long have.

The menace that emanates from the pages is astonishing, considering that the titular threat is dead before the first page of the novel. Rebecca is not a ghost in the traditional sense, but she haunts the halls of Manderley, and dogs the steps of her former husband and his new wife all the same.

Mrs. Danvers is one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read.

You were amazing Ms. du Maurier as were your books. I'm glad to see your work finally getting the recognition it has always deserved.



  1. How amazing and special to read a book that your mother enjoyed. I've yet to do that... Thanks for sharing!

    1. We've shared a few books like that. Sharing a loved book is always a great way to connect.