Don't Look Now Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier

ISBN-10: 1590172884

ISBN-13: 9781590172889

Edition: 2008

Authors: Patrick McGrath, Daphne Du Maurier, Daphne Du Maurier

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An NYRB Original A dead child appears in the alleyways of Venice; routine eye surgery reveals the beast within to a meek housewife; nature in revolt against man’s abuse turns a harmless species into a force that threatens humankind; a dalliance with a beautiful stranger offers something more dangerous than a broken heart. In Daphne du Maurier’s stories, the stuff of everyday life–grief, the limits of self-knowledge, battles between the sexes, and environmental degradation–burst through the ordinary into the realm of the uncanny.This new selection of du Maurier stories, chosen from the span of her extraordinarily fruitful career, represents the author at her most chilling and most psychologically astute, looking back to the Gothic masterpieces of the Brontës and forward to the work of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Here novelist Patrick McGrath revisits some of the best-known examples of du Maurier’s output, like “The Birds” and “Don’t Look Now,” and unearths hidden gems–many of which have been unavailable for years. This book is an excellent introduction to one of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century and a deeper exploration of one of its most prodigious imaginations.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Patrick McGrath was born in London in 1950 and grew up near Broadmoor Hospital where his father was the medical superintendent for many years. He attended Stonyhurst College and received his BA in English from the University of London. Among other jobs, he worked as an orderly in a mental hospital and as a teacher before becoming a writer. He is seen as a leader of the neo-Gothic writers; his books include Spider, The Grotesque, Port Mungo, Trauma and Asylum. His novel Martha Peake won the Premio Flaiano Prize in Italy. McGrath resides in New York City and London.

Daphne Du Maurier was born in London on May 13, 1907 and educated in Paris. In 1932, she married Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning. She began writing short stories of mystery and suspense for magazines in 1928, a collection of which appeared as The Apple Tree in 1952. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931. Her tightly woven, highly suspenseful plots and her strong characters make her stories perfect for adaptation to film or television. Among her many novels that were made into successful films are Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), Frenchman's Creek (1941), Hungry Hill (1943), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and The Scapegoat (1957). Her short story, The Birds (1953), was brought to the screen by director Alfred Hitchcock in a treatment that has become a classic horror-suspense film. She died on April 19, 1989 at the age of 81.

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