Packed with real-life literary discoveries, a novel that does for the Bronte-obsessed Daphne du Maurier what The Hours did for Virginia Woolf-a tale of madness, theft, romance, and misattribution.
Drawing on the author's groundbreaking research about Daphne du Maurier's mid-century obsession with the Brontes and the madness and scandal that have haunted the Brontes' estate, Daphne is a marvelous story of literary fascination and possession; of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures; of love lost, and love found; of the way into imaginary worlds, and the way out again. The book is written in three entwined parts, which follow Daphne du Maurier herself, the beautiful, tomboyish, passionate author of the enormously popular Gothic novel Rebecca (often seen as a rewriting of Jane Eyre), at 50 and on the verge of madness; John Alexander Symington, eminent editor and curator of the Brontes' manuscripts, who by 1957 had been dismissed from the Bronte Parsonage Museum in disgrace after being accused of stealing and forging Bronte manuscripts and who became Daphne's correspondent; and a nameless modern researcher on the trail of Daphne, Rebecca, Alexander Symington, and the Brontes. Haunting and gorgeously written, Daphne is a breathtaking novel that finally tells, in the most imaginative ways, what Bronte biographer Juliet Barker has called "the last great untold Brone story-and perhaps the most intriguing."
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August 01, 2008
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