A Writers Writer-Daphne DuMaurier


1907-1988 A Dame of the British Empire

I first read DuMauier’s Frenchman’s  Creek while in high school. images

I’ve never forgotten the story. (Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside to a family home. Someone has been sleeping in her room. What could be more intriguing than to discover it is a French pirate. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory.) This is a romantic tale, written as only DuMauier can write. Who can forget Rebecca with it’s famous ‘first line.’  “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” But it was only last week that I read The Flight of the Falcon where an Italian courier, Armino Fabbio, is leading a tour group in Rome. A mysterious murder compels him to return home to Ruffano. I’ll say no more.

51Lwqmmb0SL._AA160_Daphne DuMauier is a writers writer and a readers delight. I highly recommend the Falcon for a great story and memorable characters. Your stay in Ruffano will be filled with intrigue and action. Here is paragraph I loved.

“There was no further excuse for delay. I was a stranger; she had had enough of me. The house, my home, was equally indifferent. I smiled, bowed over her outstretched hand, and left. The door closed. I walked down the flagged path to the garden gate, and so into the street. An old, bent woman walking in the distance, the vanishing skirts of a priest, a dog sniffing at the wall, even the bright day, all of these belonged to the present time, to the Ruffano that was not mine.”

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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10 Responses to A Writers Writer-Daphne DuMaurier

  1. celticmama36 says:

    While I have never read any of DuMauier’s books, I loved the movie Rebecca that was born from her novel. I have been introduced to several great pieces of literature through movies and really need to read the books. Many times the movies wander away from the path the books take and I may be missing something totally great by not reading the book.
    I love to read. I think the goal of reading the books that spawned the movies I have seen and enjoyed would be a good challenge for myself and much needed after weeks of reading nothing but textbooks!
    Have a great week. 🙂

    • Definitely try one of her books. I found The flight of the Falcon in the library. But READING Rebecca might be the best place to give her a try. You’ll enjoy time spent with DuMauier.

  2. I read Daphne DuMaurier’s books as a teenager and in my early twenties. I loved them then and I’m tempted now to read some of them again. Thank you! A lovely, gentle writer and a pleasure to read.

  3. A great post! I hadn’t thought of DuMaurier in years but what a fabulous writer. I have fond memories of reading her books when I was a teenager, and maybe it’s time to reread them!

    • I loved the writing and the story-telling that DuMaurier’s delivers. Definitely worth a revisit. She offers writing instruction throughout the novel, and I know the book I’m working on will benefit from this writers writer.

  4. You have inspired me to read DuMaurier! My dad was an avid reader and I’m sure I can find these books in his library. Thanks for a great post!

  5. wordstock16 says:

    I haven’t read her books in ages but as a young adult,she was one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the reminder, I will have to dig out my copies and read them all again.

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