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Myself when young : the shaping of a writer ([New ed.])

By: Du Maurier, Daphne Taylor, Helen(Introduction by)

Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
184408096X / 9781844080960
Stock expected by 16/04/2021
United Kingdom
20 cm xxiii, 195 p. : ill.
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Previous ed.: published as Growing pains. London: Gollancz, 1977.

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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