Daphne du Maurier – lost stories discovered

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 24, 2011 in News tagged with ,

A bookseller in Cornwall has found five of the lost stories of Daphne du Maurier. The most significant of these is ‘The Doll’,  described by du Maurier’s son as a ‘dark and disturbing story’, which turned up a in 1937 collection of stories that had been rejected by the publishers.

According to The Telegraph, ‘The Doll’

is the peculiar tale of a man who becomes infatuated with a woman he meets at a party. He visits her home only to discover the real object of her affection: a life-size, mechanical male doll.

The story was written around 1928 and the female character was called Rebecca, a name du Maurier would use a decade later in her most famous novel.

The stories, along with eight other early stories, are due to be published by Virago this May in a collection entitled The Doll.

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