by Daphne du Maurier
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . ."Rebecca, originally published in 1938, is a gothic novel filled with ghostly influences, grave jealousy, and dark corners. Our heroine is swept off her feet while on holiday in Monte Carlo by the mysterious Maxim de Winter, a widower, and taken to live with him in his estate, Manderley. The memory of his former wife begins to weigh on her, and the darkness unfolds. With this website we hope to explore the context of the book, the implications of its publication, and the life of the author, Daphne du Maurier.
For more information, please join us at the Moorhead Public Library, Monday November 23, at 7:00 p.m. for a one-hour discussion of this and other gothic works. We will discuss what we mean when we say “gothic,” and will examine four texts: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.