The second of three daughters, Daphne Du Maurier was born into a prominent artistic and literary household in London on May 13, 1907. She was the granddaughter of famed caricaturist George du Maurier, the daughter of actor-manager George du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont, and the niece of a magazine editor. J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and Edgar Wallace were both frequent household visitors. These connections helped her in establishing her literary career, and du Maurier published some of her very early work in Beaumont's Bystander magazine. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931. 

This first novel, written in her early twenties, brought Du Maurier immediate literary success. It also brought her the romantic attention of Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick “Boy” Browning, who sailed to Fowey to meet the author of the book after reading it and then married Du Maurier in 1932. Du Maurier’s next novels, The Progress of Julius (1932), Jamaica Inn (1936), and Rebecca (1938) multiplied her success exponentially. Rebecca, in particular, turned Du Maurier into a household name, especially after Alfred Hitchcock directed an Oscar-winning film version of the story starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in 1940. Over the course of her career, Du Maurier wrote several more novels, short stories, and plays. Later in her life, Du Maurier also became a prolific non-fiction writer and extremely interested in her ancestry. Published non-fiction works. 

Du Maurier died aged 81 at her home in Cornwall.

Daphne du Maurier

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