Copy Correspondence and Ephemera relating to Daphne du Maurier

Scope and Content

A collection of items of copy correspondence and ephemera deposited by various individuals for study and research purposes.

1. Pamphlet entitled 'the City Reads Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier', March-May 2007.

2. Programme for the musical 'Rebecca' adapted from the novel by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay and performed at the Raimund Theatre, Vienna.

3. Two photocopies of a letter from Daphne du Maurier to David Rogers, organist and former choirmaster, concerning church music in her novel 'the House on the Strand' together with a summary by David Rogers of the questions he put to du Maurier.

4. Four photocopy letters from Daphne du Maurier to Tessa Pollack, nee Richards. Tessa's father was valet to du Maurier's husband General Browning and her mother worked as Daphne du Maurier's cook. They met and married.

5.Two copy letters from Daphne du Maurier to Viscount Foy, dated 22 April 1961 and 8 August 1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989), novelist, was the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier (1873-1934), and his wife Muriel, and the granddaughter of the artist and novelist George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier (1834-1896), artist and novelist. Daphne du Maurier grew up in Cumberland Terrace, London, and Cannon Hall, Hampstead, but her family developed strong links with Cornwall after buying a riverside house near Fowey, and it was in Cornwall that Daphne settled. She began publishing stories and articles in 1928; her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit', was published in 1931 by Heineman. There followed 'The Progress of Julius' (Heineman, 1933) and 'Gerald, a portrait' (Gollancz, 1934) before her first enduring success, 'Jamaica Inn', which was published by Gollancz in 1936. Two years later she published her most significant and best-loved novel, 'Rebecca'. Besides these she published a number of other novels, short-stories and biographical portraits, blending history and literary art in some, while developing her own unique vision of the macabre in others. She published one volume of autobiography, 'Growing Pains' about her early life in 1977. In 1932 she married Frederick A. M. Browning, later Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick (d 1965); they had one son and two daughters.


Items are added to the collection in the order that they are received.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Acquisition Information

Acquired from various donors.

Other Finding Aids

Listed. See Description above.

Archivist's Note

Description created by Christine Faunch, Archivist 4 Aug 2008.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying is restricted

Custodial History

This is an artifical collection of copy items and ephemera.



Related Material

The library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family, EUL MSS 144, 206, 207, 276, 301, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351, 354, 359, 363, 400. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive.

Location of Originals

The originals of items 3 and 4 are held by the donors.


It is not known whether any of these items form the basis of a publication.