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By Daphne du Maurier | Comments: ( 802 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

Sir Gerald du Maurier was the most celebrated actor manager of his day, knighted for his services to the theatre in 1922 Published within six months of her father s death, this frank biography was considered shocking by many of his admirers but it was a huge success, winning Daphne du Maurier critical acclaim and launching her career.In Gerald A Portrait, Daphne du MauSir Gerald du Maurier was the most celebrated actor manager of his day, knighted for his services to the theatre in 1922 Published within six months of her father s death, this frank biography was considered shocking by many of his admirers but it was a huge success, winning Daphne du Maurier critical acclaim and launching her career.In Gerald A Portrait, Daphne du Maurier captures the spirit and charm of the charismatic actor who played the original Captain Hook, amusingly recalling his eccentricities and his sense of humour, and sensitively portraying the darker side of his nature and his bouts of depression.


  • Title: Gerald: A Portrait
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780316253666
  • Page: 423
  • Format: ebook

About Author:

Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England, Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald a Portrait , a biography of her father The du Mauriers , a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers , a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains , an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful and romantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love or fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius , Rebecca and The Parasites , is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca , on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.



Comments Gerald: A Portrait

  • Sarita Pandey

    An indulgent biography of a star by a writer who loves him deeply. Although the portrayal of Sir Gerald Du Maurier isn’t always generous to him, revealing him to be a rather unimpressive man despite his successes, it is doting and extravagant at all points. The very many controversies his stage career was laced with have almost been justified. While the early parts of his life have been detailed extensively, the writing gets rushed in the last hundred pages or so, which felt like either the wr [...]


  • Linda Orvis

    "Gerald" is a biography of Daphne du Maurier's father. This is an amazingly well written book that hides very little and shows the reality of a complex person who has thrust his family into the limelight of the British stage. As du Maurier strove to honestly portray her father, she also managed to divulge much about herself. I enjoyed reading this book even though I had never heard of Gerald. The author went on to write quite a few books about her notorious relatives.


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