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- Full Title: Rebecca
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: April 1938
- Literary Period: 1930s mystery
- Genre: Mystery, Gothic
- Setting: Manderley, England
- Climax: Dr. Baker reveals that Rebecca had uterine cancer
- Antagonist: Mrs. Danvers / Rebecca de Winter / Jack Favell (though there’s also a convincing argument that Maxim de Winter is the novel’s true antagonist)
- Point of View: First person
Famous cousins: Daphne du Maurier was born into a famous show-business family, and her parents knew many of the greatest writers and actors of the time. One of Daphne’s oddest family connections, however, is that she was the cousin of the famous “Davies boys,” the four children for whom the writer J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan, one of the most famous children’s books of all time!
Hollywood headaches: Daphne du Maurier is one of the most frequently “adapted” writers of the 20th century: much like Stephen King, her books inspire a never-ending list of movies. Unlike King, however, du Maurier despised almost all of the films based on her books. Though the Internet Movie Database lists du Maurier as having a whopping 54 film credits, she claimed that her books had been made into only two decent films: Rebecca (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and Don’t Look Now (1973), directed by Nicolas Roeg.