Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship

Daphne du Maurier Oriel Malet


Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship

Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship

  • Title: Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier Oriel Malet
  • ISBN: 9780297813040
  • Page: 279
  • Format: None



Daphne du Maurier s correspondence with Oriel Malet began in the early 1950s, after they met at a cocktail party in London At least twenty years separated them Oriel was a gauche young writer while Daphne was the famous, much feted author of bestselling novels including Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca The friendship flourished for thirty years, fed by the lettDaphne du Maurier s correspondence with Oriel Malet began in the early 1950s, after they met at a cocktail party in London At least twenty years separated them Oriel was a gauche young writer while Daphne was the famous, much feted author of bestselling novels including Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca The friendship flourished for thirty years, fed by the letters that arrived faithfully from Menabilly, the du Maurier house in Cornwall While Oriel tasted life on a houseboat on the Seine and mixed with the artistic Who s Who of Paris, Daphne s letters tell of her family, past and present, her marriage to General Sir Frederick Browning a war hero known privately as Moper, whose fits of melancholy caused many a crisis at Menabilly and events like Prince Philip coming for dinner We ve got only four knives with handles, and one silver candlestick must be glued Most of all, though, her letters are a valuable record of the complex and rigorous art of a fine and well loved writer the brewing of a plot, the research, and the pegging of secret fantasies onto a living person in order to create classic characters such as Cousin Rachel and Roger Klymerth.


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Letters from Daphne du Maurier to her young friend and fellow writer, Oriel Malet, from the 1950s to 1980s, interspersed with paragraphs about Oriel Malet's own life (lived mostly in France) which I often found more interesting than du Maurier's letters. There's a lot of "family slang" which can come across as a little affected, but the glossary at the front explains the various terms like "menaced" for "sexually attracted" - one of my favourites.

Malet was in some ways du Maurier’s opposite: a fellow writer, she was critically lauded but never sold well; where du Maurier was such a homebody she even resisted trips to London to do research, Malet moved to Paris to live out the dream of being a true artist. They first met at a publishing party in the early 1950s, when du Maurier was in her 40s and Malet in her 20s. Du Maurier took the younger author under her wing, inviting her to stay at Menabilly when she became unwell and needed to ge [...]


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