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By Daphne du Maurier | Comments: ( 906 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher Francis King Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written for scholars But du Maurier s aim in this biography was to illuminate the many facets of Bacon s remarkable personality for the common reader To her book she brought Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher Francis King Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written for scholars But du Maurier s aim in this biography was to illuminate the many facets of Bacon s remarkable personality for the common reader To her book she brought the same gifts of imagination and perception that made her earlier biography, Golden Lads, so immensely readable, skillfully threading into her narrative extracts from contemporary documents and from Bacon s own writings, and setting her account of his life within a vivid contemporary framework.


  • Title: The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780316254359
  • Page: 292
  • Format: ebook

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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 The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall

  • Misfit

    I'm sorry, as great a fan I am of D du M, this is tedious in the extreme. I yield at 25%, there's been nothing but long-winded bits about how scholarly Bacon is, how dutiful he was, what little we know, what little we don't know (was I reading Alison Weir?). Those truly interested in Bacon's later years might want to give this a go. Every one else, pass. Life's too short.Kindle copy obtained via library loan.


  • Laura

    This book described Francis Bacon's life's - the famous English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. More details can be found at .As a philosopher he played an important role as advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution, even if this influence occurred only father his death.As a biographer, Dame du Maurier doesn't start to describe Bacon's life since his childhood. On the contrary, this biography starts when Bacon was [...]


  • Kirsty

    The new Virago reprint of Daphne du Maurier’s The Winding Star: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall, which was first published in 1976, features an introduction by novelist Francis King. The book’s title is derived from one of Bacon’s quotes: ‘All rising to great place is by a winding stair’.King writes that as well as du Maurier’s admiration for Bacon’s essays, she may well have been driven to write The Winding Stair about him by way of the ‘rumours, current even in their lifetimes [...]


  • Lissa Notreallywolf

    It might have been better to read Golden Lads first. I did not find this as easy a read as her fiction, The Glassblowers, which made the French Revolution seem like it was occurring over my kitchen table. This is a fascinating tale of an ambitious man. It is probably distinguished by a lot of research, including some historical context for the Bacon Shakespeare controversy, as well as the historical placement and performance of plays I studied in high school.


  • Victoria Jackson

    Starts with the death of his brother Anthony, a supporter of the disgraced Earl of Essex. Bacon's climb to power, his relationships with family, king and aristocracy vividly portrayed stressing some very tiny coincidences - timing of publications etc. in connection with Shakespeare's work. (His much younger wife did marry her steward only 10 days after his death so was there some collaboration on Twelth Night??) I learnt more about this fascinating period straddling the end of Elizabeth's reign [...]


  • Peter Herrmann

    In trying to read everything of Du Maurier, I finally came to this book. Dry and a slog. But of course it wasn't a novel, but rather an academic study. But she didn't succeed in making me care for Francis Bacon; i.e in bringing him to life. So perhaps as a historian she merits 5-stars for this (I have no idea what a professional historian would say in that regard), but because it was tedious for me to read (not that I'm incapable of enjoying a good historical biography), my actual inclination wo [...]


  • Emma

    I left this on a baby change table while waiting in the queue for the ladies toilets at LAX. Someone else may be desperate.


  • Melissa

    This was written too much like a textbook for me. I didn't even finish it.


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