Collin Langley: 'But the laughter lingers... Daphne Du Maurier: a sense of humour celebrated'

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Scope and Content

Collin Langley's research into Daphne Du Maurier's sense of humour in four parts. Includes 'Par Beach, Autumn' (1972) a hitherto unpublished poem by Daphne du Maurier.

Also includes two articles ' Our elders and betters' and 'Stand on you own two feet', written by du Maurier in 1939.

Also: Appendix 5 addition to 'Daphne du Maurier: the appeal of poet and poetry' (MS 363 add.1)

'To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth' (1952).

Administrative / Biographical History

Collin Langley (1943-) was educated in Wimbledon. His working life was spent mainly in the City as a Chartered Tax Advisor. He became a partner in an international firm of Chartered Accountants and very involved with The Chartered Institute of Taxation and The American Chamber of Commerce.

Langley read Daphne du Maurier's entire fictional output on his daily commute to London inspired by a family holiday to the West Country and a visit to Jamaica Inn. However, his introduction to 'Du Maurier Country' was not until retirement; the former Du Maurier Festival in 1999 became an annual pilgrimage. During the 2005 Festival he met Professor Helen Taylor of Exeter University who invited him to make a presentation at the 2007 conference and the following year to present his research to the Festival audience.

Using his research experience, Langley was attracted to hitherto uncharted aspects of Daphne du Maurier's life, her interest in poetry and sense of humour and how these manifested themselves in her writing.

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Donated by Collin Langley

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