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Record 2375

Reading Experience:

'During these early years [Daphne du Maurier] filled her head with tales of adventure, romances, histories and popular novels, including such books as Treasure Island, The Snow Queen, The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Old St Paul's, The Tower of London, Nicholas Nickleby, Mr Midshipman Easy, Bleak House, Robinson Crusoe, The Mill on the Floss, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The seeds of her own novels were planted during these intensive, sometimes acted-out, reading sessions. The fascination with the sea, the importance of an historical sense of place, the theme of the dual personality, are all reflected in her reading during these formative years'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
county: Isle of Wight
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Daphne du Maurier
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 13 May 1907
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: actor's daughter
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Hans Christian Anderson
Title: The Snow Queen
Genre: Fiction, Children's Lit, Fairytale
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2375  
Source - Print  
  Author: Richard Kelly
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Daphne Du Maurier
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 8
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Richard Kelly, Daphne Du Maurier (New York, 1987), p. 8,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:



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