Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A-Z Wednesday: "R"

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicki at Reading At The Beach. To join in, just visit her blog for the guidelines and leave your link in a comment.

This week's letter is "R." So I went to my shelves, and this is what I pulled out.

Written by Daphne Du Maurier
Published 1938

A photo of the first edition:

Description (from Fantastic Fiction):
Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding (housekeeper) Mrs. Danvers.

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
See the book's page at Wikipedia here.

And the author's page at Wikipedia here.

And a few different covers, including some foreign editions:

Rebecca is probably DuMaurier's most famous work, and one of the most widely-read Gothic romances. I read it for the first time when I was about thirteen, and loved it immediately. Since then, I've reread it many times, and always manage to fall under its spell. The 1940 Hitchcock film of the book, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, isn't too bad, either!


  1. This was one of my favorites when I was in High School. Loved the movie as well. Have a great week.

  2. I absolutely loved this book! When I was a teen, I wanted to BE Daphne du Maurier.

    Those covers are so captivating...

    Here's mine:


  3. I've read it quite some time ago and i really like it1

  4. Looks like it might be hard for me to read, hard words.
    I prefer nice and simple.
    Looks interesting, tho.

    My `R` is up:


  5. Hi!
    I haven't read the book, it's on my TBR list of classics, but I have seen the movie. Loved it. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  6. I have never read the book, but I have seen the film.

  7. Love all the various covers. I have not read the book or viewed the film... I think I will though.


  8. I am another one who loved this one and it is time for a re-read!

  9. Great post, great covers, and a great R choice. I adored this book when I discovered it in my middle 20's. After reading it, I had to get my hands on more of her stuff.
    Mine is late, but up.

  10. Great post!
    I passed a blog award to you, check my blog to accept. :D

  11. I absolutely loved the movie, but never got around to reading the book.


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